A recent Businessweek article reported that business school admissions staff increasingly relies upon plagiarism-detecting software. But Admissions is late to the game as anecdotal tales abound of wholesale abdication to software review of papers by professors, lecturers and TAs.
Claiming human rights violations, students sued Howard University and a sorority chapter, alleging hazing. The accusations of hazing included having to wear a certain shirts on certain days, using different doors than full-fledged sisters, and lining up and addressing sisters by their full name.
Drug courts – where intervention, treatment and peer accountability take precedence over jail time – have proved themselves an effective remedy for non-violent drug offenses. Colleges and universities should consider a similar approach to ADHD medication abuse.
Abuse of the drug is dangerous. It can lead to anxiety, depression, and even psychosis. Adderall, after all, is a schedule II narcotic like cocaine. The schedule II designation means the drug carries a high potential for abuse and can lead to addiction.
The preceding lines to this famous quote from Henry VI are spoken by the traitorous Cade who seeks to establish himself as an autocrat: “there shall be no money; all shall eat and drink on my score…and worship me their lord.”
Now I am not saying our colleges and universities all seek to be autocrats but in the area of student discipline they do kill off a lot of the legal protections that normally exist for people charged with serious offenses.
Our university and college student discipline systems are broken. Students facing charges that can jeopardize academic and professional careers must navigate a Kafkaesque landscape of arbitrary discipline systems shrouded in secrecy.