The Michigan Daily - Friday, October 2,1992 - Page 3
by Andrew Taylor
Daily Staff Reporter
Controversy about the Statement
of Student Rights and
Responsibilities, more commonly
known as "the code," brought a
dozen students together last night for
a "mobilization meeting" to organize
an opposition to the proposed policy.
."The opportunities for dissent
have been slowly whittled away (by
the administration)," said Jonathan
Harrison, an LSA junior. "(Students)
don't care because they don't know
how it effects them."
Harrison said he feels the code is
too broad for its stated goals and
unfairly limits the rights of the
"If the administration is really
confident that the students support
the document, is it too much to ask
that there be a campus-wide referen-
dum on it after both sides have had a
chance to make their case?"
Students said they are concerned
because the code sends the appeal
process back through the same body
which prosecutes the original of-
fense - the Office of Student
"You're effectively appealing to
the same person who prosecuted you
in the first place," Harrison said.
MSA Rep. Rob Van Houweling
"trIt's a crazy thing the way it's
worded," he said.
Students agreed that the general
wording of the code is too broad.
"The language is so vague that I
feel it could and would be applied
for more than those things,"
Harrison said. "It's a concrete effort
to restrict students' rights."
While several students at the
meeting last night want the adminis-
tration to revise the proposed code,
others proposed that students need to
"We should be having a series of
demands," said Paul Carmouche, an
0 t"We need to force the adminis-
tration to make a change that we
need by making this university un-
governable so they (the administra-
tion) will say, 'We should give them
something' ... I don't think this is
radical at all," Carmouche said.
However, other students said they
are comfortable with the current
"I, for one, like the code and, yes,
I do understand it ... but unless
you're doing something you
shouldn't be, what do you have to
worry about?" said Scott Hartman, a
School of Natural Resources
"I understand that we need some
type of code so that we can continue
to receive federal funding, but what I
don't understand is why the
administration feels the it is
necessary to have a code that goes
beyond that," said Jacob Samual, an
despite gag rule
New kid on the block
LSA junior Tobias Zimmerman listens to preacher Brad Erlandson on the Diag yesterday. Erlandson is the
newest preacher on the Diag.
ITD codes ensure proper
use and user privacy
by Jennifer Silverberg
Daily Administration Reporter
The Office of Student Affairs is
currently drafting a Student Rights
and Responsibilities Policy, but
other areas of campus such as U-M
information resources already have
their own codes.
The Information Technology
Division (ITD) - which is respon-
sible for the centrally-managed in-
formation technology activities of U-
M - develops and provides campus
This department has two policies
- the Conditions of Use Statement
for ITD-supplied resources and a
Policy on the Proper Use of
Information Resources, Information
Technology and Networks for the
entire campus community.
"The general idea and text in
these policies is that the university
really wanted to have a community
norm so people know what's under-
stood to be proper use and to respect
privacy," said ITD Computer
Systems Specialist Judy Dean.
The Conditions of Use Statement,
distributed to students when they
register for an MTS account, is a
one-page document which has been
in effect for roughly 25 years. This
policy governs ITD-supplied re-
sources to campus users - students,
faculty and staff- including the use
of MTS and campus computing
"It's very much a common sensi-
cal document used primarily as an
educational tool," said Laurie Burns,
ITD manager, user and advocate.
"We need to essentially establish a
shared understanding for how shared
resources, like MTS, can be used."
This policy stipulates seven con-
ditions for using ITD services such
as using one's own user ID and not
misrepresenting oneself while mes-
saging or conferencing. Six conse-
quences, ranging from an investiga-
tion to legal action, are also
The Policy on the Proper Use of
Information Resources, in effect
since May 1990, was drafted by
Virginia Rezmierski, assistant for
policy studies to the vice provost for
information technology. The policy
governs all U-M areas including all
schools, colleges, libraries and the
"It's a policy for the entire uni-
versity that tries to spell out the
community consensus on the proper
way to deal with information tech-
nology," Rezmierski said. "We did
not want to create a list of 'thou shalt
nots,' but we wanted to spell out the
kind of environment we were trying
This second policy states the be-
havior U-M considers unethical and
unacceptable, including destroying
or gaining unauthorized access to an
information resource and invading
the privacy of ITD users.
Rezmierski said numerous viola-
tions of the Policy on the Proper Use
of Information Resources occur but
are generally discontinued after a
Burns added that the majority of
violations of the Conditions of Use
Policy occur on MTS and involve
harassing messages from senders
who stop when warned that their ac-
tions violate the policy.
"It's a rare instance when we've
had to revoke access because a user
wouldn't stop," Burns said.
"Generally speaking, most users do
it out of ignorance."
Burns estimated that disciplinary
action has been taken about 12 times
in the past five years when improper
behavior continued after one
Burns said she does not think ei-
ther policy is overly restrictive. "I
don't think it constricts speech or
behavior but it does constrain behav-
ior that's seen as detrimental to other
individuals," she said.
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP)
- Michigan Planned Parenthood of-
ficials said yesterday they will con-
tinue to counsel clients on the option
of abortion despite a federal order
that bars most workers in federally
funded family-planning clinics from
The approximately 20 Planned
Parenthood clinics in Michigan that
accept federal and state funds will
work around the so-called "gag rule"
by using private funds to pay for
pregnancy-related counseling, said
Margy Long, director at Planned
Parenthood Affiliates of Michigan.
"It certainly is going to be more
difficult to separate our services that
way," Long said. "But we're com-
mitted to making sure our patients
receive the best medical care - and
that includes knowing all their
Under the gag rule, abortion
could be discussed at a federally
funded clinic only with a doctor,
who could advise seeking an abor-
tion only if it was considered medi-
Of $8 million available in family-
planning funds from the state and
federal governments in the current
'(The gag rule is)
saying that low-
income women are not
entitled to the same
information that well-
off women have.'
- Margy Long
fiscal year, Planned Parenthood of
Michigan will receive $1.5 million,
Long said. Of the 30 Planned
Parenthood clinics in Michigan,
about two-thirds receive government
funding, she said.
John Holtz, a consultant with the
Michigan Department of Public
Health's family planning program,
said 45 local health departments,
Planned Parenthood clinics and two
other private programs that receive
'We're committed to
making sure our
patients receive the
best medical care -
and that includes
knowing all their
- Margy Long
government funds have agreed to
obey the federal order.;
Holtz said Planned Parenthood's
plans to continue abortion counsel-
ing with their own funds appears to
meet the federal regulations.
"If they wish to separate func-
tions, i.e., pregnancy counseling, to
the point where no staff or supplies
or anything else in our' budget are
used in that facility, then that would
appear to meet the regulations,"
However, he said federal guide-
lines also require such services to be
physically as well as financially sep-
arate from the part of the operation
that receives federal funds.
Long said the requirement that
the services be physically separate is
vague, but clinics would attempt to
provide pregnancy counseling ser-
vices in separate rooms or at sepam
rate times. She said she expects
challenges from anti-abortion
"No doubt there's somebody
there today, saying she's pregnant,
trying to catch us not complying,"
Planned Parenthood Federation
of America rejected the gag rule and
decided to forego the funds.
However, Planned Parenthood clin-
ics in several states, like Michigan,
are following the strategy of using
private money to pay for pregnancy
"The gag rule is an awful way to
practice medicine," Long said. "It's
saying that low-income women are,
not entitled to the same informatio*
that well-off women have."
September reports claim
economy still in recession
WASHINGTON (AP) - A
widely watched barometer of
American industry dipped back into
recession territory in September
while the number of Americans
filing first-time claims for
unemployment benefits rose for a
fifth straight week and commercial
construction activity plunged to the
lowest level in eight years.
Analysts said the batch of dismal
business statistics yesterday showed
that the already weak economy
stumbled further at the end of
summer, adding to President Bush's
The Labor Department reported
that the number of Americans filing
new claims for unemployment
benefits rose by 15,000 in the week
ending Sept. 19, to 429,000, the
highest level in six weeks.
In the report on construction
spending, the Commerce Depart-
ment said that overall activity
dropped 0.8 percent in August to a
seasonally adjusted annual rate of
A new survey of business
executives said they believe the
economy will remain stalled at least
through the end of this year.
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