8 - TheMichigan Daily -- Wednesday, March 28, 2001
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George W. Bush
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By Shannon Pettypiece
Supporters of LSA senior Ryan
Hughes questioned the mission and
ethics of the Statement of Student Rights
and Responsibilities - formerly the
Student Code of Conduct -- outside the
Fleming Administration Building yester-
day at a rally to support dropping Code
charges against HuIghes.
"The Code process isn't democratic
and it should be, so what we are doing is
bringing the people into it," Hughes said.
"If the University is acting in place of
my parents then I should be able to call
them up and ask for money sometime."
Ilughes is charged under the Code
with vandalism and assault after an
anonymous report to the Department of
Public Safety that he spray-painted
members and signs nelongimng to the
g! roup of anti-gay protesters at February's
Glay Pride Week Kiss-In on tiie Diia.
The charges are being pursued even
though neither the police nor the victims
are pressing carges.
Hughes denied comment on the issue
of whether he was guilty, but did say the
issue has been dealt with un fairly.
"It's an unfair process. It's put me in
double jeopardy. Even though the legal
system says I'm scot-free the University
has taken it into its own hands.'' ,Ilughes
Office of Student Conflict Director
Keith Elkin, who attended the rally to
answer student questions regarding the
Code, said the administration is unable
to comment on the particular case
against lughes because it would violate
federal law and University policy. He
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said the goal of the code is to help stu-
dents, not punish them.
"What we're trying to do is make an
educational intervention," Elkin s'.
"h's about caring about the students r d
making sure the student is OK.". 7
Elkin also dismissed accusations tha'
the University is acting in an authoritari-
an manner. "We don't stand in place ot
the parent. Your parents didn't yrovide
the opportunity for a hearing in front of
your peers when you got in trouble."
1 lughes' attorney, Jodi Masley, -said
both the rally and her choice to defend
Hughes is about fighting for student
rights. "The University uses the Cots
a hammer on students, especially inis
case when criminal charges were not
brought up," said Masley. "They get to
be prosecutor, judge, executionerand if
there's ajury they get to pick it."
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