When community colleges should say ‘No’

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Written by: Alexis Naucler

Community colleges are know for admitting nearly everyone who sends in an application. But when should these colleges be able to say no? According to Educational Code section 76020, California community colleges can “exclude students of filthy or vicious habits, or students suffering from contagious or infectious diseases.” It can be easy for schools to find their way around such a vague, undefined law.

Those “filthy or vicious habits” can range from robbing a store to committing murder. A clear, defined law needs to be made to determine what these habits include. Those who have committed crimes, such as rape, weapon violence, theft, homicide, or possession of illegal substances, within six months of applying for admission should be excluded to keep the campus, students, and employees safe.

“There are things that people do that could be considered shocking, something heinous, and in those instances the colleges has…

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Gun laws with loopholes

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How did Dylann Roof get the gun he used to kill nine people at a church in Charleston, South Carolina? He simply purchased it from a store in West Columbia after an FBI examiner conducting his background check failed to receive a police report of Roof illegally possessing drugs.

Although Chris Harper-Mercer, the man who shot and killed nine people at Umpqua Community College, acquired his guns legally through a federally licensed firearms dealer or family members, Harper-Mercer had mental health issues and shouldn’t have been able to purchase guns in the first place.

These are only a few of the instances in which loose gun laws result in the injuries and deaths of many innocent people. Something needs to change with gun laws in the United States. Although it is one’s constitutional right to possess firearms, California’s laws regarding who can and cannot purchase…

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Sign the bill, Jerry Brown!

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Any sexual assault committed by a student that occurs on the Riverside Community College District property is against district policies and is subject to punishment. What about the incidents of sexual assault that happen off district property?

RCCD should be able to discipline a student for assault off district property. Enabling community colleges to punish off-campus crimes could keep a campus such as RCC safer by not allowing those who have committed these crimes on the campus, and therefore decreasing their access to members of the campus. Community colleges being able to discipline students for acts of sexual assault outside of the campus boundaries would also keep the community safer. All students should be able to attend classes in an environment where they feel safe and respected.

The California education code prevents community colleges from disciplining students who commit crimes off-campus and unrelated to the district. According to education code…

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