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Monday
October 12, 1998

U, MSA examine Code implementation

By Katie Piona
Daily Staff Reporter
In January three years after the
University Board of Regents adopted
the Code of Student Conduct - the
board will be handed a report detailing
how well the procedures of the
iversity-wide policy are working.
The Code is the University's internal
disciplinary system, based on a set of val-
ues - including dignity, diversity, safety
and honesty - the University enforces to
create a scholarly environment.
Students can be disciplined under the
Code for any number of violations,

such as physically and sexually harm-
ing another person, misusing alcohol
and other drugs or tampering with
University property.
They can receive sanctions ranging
from educational projects to expulsion,
although fewer than 15 students have
been suspended or expelled under the
Code. It is intended to be educational in
nature and less legalistic than state or
federal statues, Vice President for
Student Affairs Maureen Hartford said.
The Code was drafted out of the
Statement of Student Rights and
Responsibilities, which served as a tem-

porary discipline policy from 1993-96.
"The regents asked us to come up
with a code that was more simple and
less legalistic," Hartford said. That was
the task of the 1995 all-student commit-
tee that drafted what would later
become the Code, she said.
Sean Esteban McCabe, who now
heads the Office of Student Conflict
Resolution that oversees the Code, was
one of eight students who drafted the
Code.
"It was a complete redrafting,"
McCabe said. "The intent was to define
standards for our community based on

shared values."
The student drafting committee
forwarded its policy to Hartford,
who modified it and handed it over
to the regents, who approved it and
enacted the new policy in January
1996.
Since then, the University has
processed more than 150 Code cases
consisting of 450 alleged violations.
The two most common types of
alleged violations fall under the cat-
egories of "stealing, vandalizing,
damaging, destroying or defacing
University property or the property

of others" and "physically harming
another person including acts such
as killing, assaulting or battering."
Code review *
When the regents adopted the Code
in January 1996, they scheduled the
1998 review.
The Office of Student Conflict
Resolution staff completed the first part
of the three-phase review in May.
During the first phase, the office's staff
evaluated the effectiveness of the Code
process.
See REVIEW, Page 12A

As the Code
comes under review
this semester, the
Daily plans to bring
the campus L.
complete coverage.
This is the first of many articles
that will appear in the Daily exam-
ining the Code's
effectiveness and legal weight.
Look at how the current Code
differs from past University
policiesof student conduct in the
Friday Focus on Oct. 16.
See page 114 for the complete
text of the Code.

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NCAA:

Ray
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more
By Mark Snyder
Daily SportsEditor
Michigan football coach Lloyd Carr annour
Friday that Marcus Ray will return to
Wolverines immediately after serving a three-v
suspension for improper contact with an agent.
the senior still must sit out two more game
appease the NCAA.
"We are glad this situation is over with," 4
said, "because it has been a distraction, and now
can move forward and try to have the type of f
ball team and season that we would like to hav
Carr's positive attitude toward Ray's reinsi
ment for practices was tempered by revelation
Ray's wrongdoings.
The problems stem from Ray's association'v
sports agent James Gould, whose offices are ba
in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Ray got in hot water for his association u
Gould during a trip in which he flew from
Columbus, Ohio, home to a jazz festiva
Cincinnati this past July.
Two friends of Ray's mother who were on
trip stayed at the Cincinnati Hyatt Regency he
but at checkout time were unable to pay for tl
rooms. Ray then contacted Gould and asked hin
pay for the rooms, which he did.
"We have an agent, James Gould oul
Cincinnati, Ohio, who knowingly violated NC,
rules," Carr said. "I intend to write the NFL Pla
Association and ask that they take disciplii
action because Marcus has obviously had
Michigan career impacted by a man who knowi
ly violated rules."
The women who stayed in the rooms,v
refused to be identified in the Athletic Departrr
inquiry, must pay the balance of the roo,
$327.26. Athletic Director Tom Gosss
Michigan Compliance Director Derrick Gragg
ensure the women make the payment.
Initially, the Athletic Department did
believe the hotel incident violated NCAA re
because neither Ray nor his mother received
direct benefits from the payment. So
Michigan's initial report, the violation was
outlined. In an addendum, the Athl(
Department declared that because the won
were friends of Ray's mother, it was a violation
NCAA bylaw 12.3.1.2.
The concert itself was also a point of conteni

games

'200 students celebrate

Focusing on community service, more
than 200 University students and others
participated in the second annual Ghandi
Day of Service on Saturday.
Sponsored by the Indian American
Student Association and Project SERVE, the
event commemorated the life of India's late
Mahatma Ghandi and carried on his legacy
of non-violent political expression and com-
munity activism.
"On this day, you can reclaim (Ghandi's)
words for your own ... we not only honor his
life, but we honor his deeds," said E. Royster
Harper, dean of students, in a speech given
on the Diag prior to the community service

events held at 25~
sites in Ann Arbor,
Ypsilanti and
Metro Detroit.
Vijay Prasad, the event's featured
speaker and professor at Connecticut's
Trinity College, spoke on Ghandi's lega-
cy and American civil rights pioneer
Martin Luther King, Jr.
"If we don't keep the memory of Ghandi
and Dr. King alive, then we have participated
in the extermination of non-violence,"
Prasad said.
Acting on Ghandi's words is more
important than believing in them, Prasad
said. The Day of Service is "a better
memorial (to Ghandi) than a statue."

Michigan football safety Marcus Ray addresses
members of the press Friday at Schembechler Hall
concerning his NCAA violations.
Ray obtained tickets to the July 24 concert at
Cinergy Field through Star Bank, a Cincinnati bank
where Ray borrowed money to obtain an insurance
policy. The policy, legal in the eyes of the NCAA,
enabled Ray to insure himself against injury.
The two tickets admitted Ray and his mother to
the festival and allowed them to sit in the compa-
ny's skybox. In the eyes of the NCAA, that is con-
sidered a.i "extra benefit" above and beyond what
other student-athletes receive.
Because Ray and his mother consumed the food
and drink available in the suite, they violated rule
16.02.3 of the NCAA bylaws. Ray will commit
restitution for the incident by paying $150 to local
Ann Arbor charities.
Ray attended Friday's press conference, but only
read a prepared statement.
"This experience has humbled me and I now
realize that I have to use good judgment at all
times," Ray said. "I want the world to know that I
have never had the intent to accept gifts or favors
from any professional sports agent or their repre-
sentatives. I love Michigan, make no mistake
about it. I had no intent on embarrassing this pro-
See RAY, Page 7A

After the speeches, participants went to
assigned community service sites.
At Arbor Hospice, Day of Service par-
ticipants planted fields of daffodils while
others did landscaping work at the Huron
Services for Youth.
"Ghandi did a great thing and what we
can do is give back to our community,"
said Palak Sheth, an LSA first-year stu-
dent.
Another group helped out at Knit Wits,
a project that takes scraps of polar fleece
See GHANDI, Page 2A

U.S. ready
for airstike
ELGRADE, Yugoslavia (AP) - U.S. bombers moved
oposition for possible NATO airstrikes on Yugoslavia and
a U.S. envoy accelerated talks with President Slobodan
Milosevic yesterday after reporting no change in the leader's
tough stand on Kosovo.
Richard Holbrooke and Milosevic held discussions late
into the night yesterday, meeting for the sixth time in seven
days in talks that signaled U.S. determination to search for a
peaceful way out of the deadlock.
Holbrooke said early yesterday that he would "continue an
intense effort to find a peaceful, acceptablelly verifiable
npliance system as an alternative to the other choice" -
meaning the use of force.
But he also said NATO would meet today to authorize
action if his mediation effort fails.
In Washington, national security adviser Sandy Berger told
CNN that Milosevic "is not in compliance as of this point:'
"He can come into compliance or he can face military
action by NATO" at any time, Berger said.

En garde!

Students to rally for
indigenous people

By Nika Schulte
Daily Staff Reporter
Today, as the nation recognizes
Christopher Columbus' voyage to
America, University students plan to
walk out of class at 11:45 a.m. and
gather on the Diag at noon to cele-
brate Indigenous People's Day.
Student groups such as the Native
American Students Association and
Alianza hope to use the event as a
springboard for advancing aware-
ness of Native American issues on
campus.
Although the rally will acknowl-
edge past struggles faced by Native
Americans, the focus will be on
making campus improvements to
benefit the more than 220 -Native
American students in the University
community.

student's pride in their culture.
"Over the years, assimilation has
been replaced with a conscious deci-
sion to change back," Martin said.
"Our parent's generation was raised
to say they were not Native
Americans. Now this generation
embraces their culture and is trying
to rebuild it."
Native American students hope to
embrace and learn more about the
native culture through developing a
Native American Studies
Department.
Although the department of
American culture offers classes on
Native American studies, Joe Reilly,
co-chair of NASA, said a separate
department is essential to a school
that emphasizes diversity.
"There is a lot of talk about diver-

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