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Wednesday, July 20, 1994 - The Michigan Daily - 3

Report: 95 cases
tried under code

fifth-year Engineering student Rich Beck watches himself on TV at the Advanced Technology Lab on North Campus.
UMTV brings class to your room

By Cathy Boguslaski
DAILY STAFF REPORTER
The University will be short one
student this fall due to sanctions given
to him under the Statement of Student
Rights and Responsibilities - the
code of non-academic conduct.
This student is just one of the
many statistics from the quarterly re-
port presented to the University Board
of Regents last Thursday.
The case involved a male under-
graduate student who allegedly
stalked a fellow student, threatened
the student with a weapon, and as-
saulted the student, according to case
summaries released by the Office of
the Judicial Advisor.
Through an administrative hear-
ing, the student in this case was found
responsible under the code for harass-
ment, but not responsible for charges
of assault and battery. He was ex-
pelled from the University.
The code is the University's most
inclusive policy governing student
conduct. Punishments under the code
since its implementation have ranged
from formal reprimands to suspen-
sion or expulsion from the Univer-
sity, according to the report.
The code will remain interim until
the regents vote to make it permanent.
Regent Deane Baker (R-Ann Ar-
bor), a long-standing opponent of the
code, said, "I'm a minimalist as far as
restrictions on student conduct."
Of the cases in the report presented
to the regents, 95 were handled by that
office, 53 were referred to other Uni-
versity units, 22 were dropped by the
complainant, and 45 substance abuse
warning letters were sent.
During the regents meeting, Baker

expressed concern that some of the
violations are serious offenses and
should be handled by the police.
Students who bring those com-
plaints of a criminal nature under the
code are advised of all their options,
including the chance to bring crimi-
nal charges, said Barbara Olender,
the administrative assistant to the ju-
dicial advisor.
Regent Laurence Deitch (D-
Bloomfield Hills) said he is reserving
judgment on the code until Vice Presi-
dent for Student Affairs Maureen A.
Hartford brings it to the regents again.
Hartford was to present the code
to the regents after it had been
amended. Several attempts to change
the document were made, but the pro-
cess itself proved problematic. None
of the amendment meetings managed
to attract the necessary 26-student
hearing panel members, so the code
went unaltered last spring.
Another attempt to amend the code
following the same procedure will be
made this fall, Olender said.
Baker also said that he would like
to see a "cross-section" of cases
handled under the code, includingsuch
details as which issues and which
authorities were involved.
Of the 205 complaints handled by
the Office of the Judicial Advisor
between Jan. 1, 1993 and July 1, 1994,
case summaries of26 caseswere avail-
able. These case summaries list the
alleged violation, the student's re-
sponse, the type of hearing if one was
held, and the sanctions if any were
given. The summaries also include a
brief description of the case, but do
not include detail descriptions such
as any police involvement.

By Naomi Snyder
)AILY STAFF REPORTER
This next year will be a trial run
or what could change University edu-
ation forever: UMTV.
Thisinteractive,user-operatedcable
elevision systemmay be campus-wide
n the near future.
The system will eventually allow
he University to broadcast classes to
esidence halls and allow students to
all-in questions during the class. Pro-
essors could also offer office hours
able.
The Michigan Union already has
3 cable jacks in various locations that
How for the transmission and recep-
ion of UMTV transmissions; the
ichigan League and North Campus
ngineering classrooms also have ad-
itional jacks.
Student groups, dorms and Univer-
ity departments - including the
ol of Music, nursing and the com-
unicationdepartment-already have
ccess to cable stations that will allow
em to try the new technology.
Students and faculty can use these
ew stations to broadcast on UMTV
sing a small camera, TV monitor and
ther simple video equipment.

"The key here is that the equip-
ment is modest in cost and that you
don't need technologically advanced
people involved. A faculty member
or a student working part time could
operate (the station)," said Engineer-
ing Prof. Lynn Conway, who directs
the UMTV demonstration project.
"The primary goal this year is to get
students involved in programming, so
they can start to see the possibilities,"
Conway said.
The Student Video Club, which is
located on the 9th floor of South Quad,
will expand next year and take advan-
tage of the demonstration project.
Randall Root, coordinator of office
information systems in the Housing
Division, said, "In the future (students)
will have to join the video club to use
the channels, but that's no problem."
Besidesstudent-produced program-
ming, departments will use UMTV
channels to transmit information. For
example,the SchoolofMusicwilltrans-
mit concerts and recitals over UMTV,
and use its channels to send lessons to
their students in the dorms.
Barton Polot, coordinator of the
Schoolof Music's UMTVproject,said,
"We know our students are going to

be getting jobs in a world requiring
more electronic skills and they need
to learn about making music with the
new media. We'll explore ways in
which media will be an art form."
The athletic department will have
a UMTV station in order to broadcast
live or replay non-revenue generating
sports at the University. Engineering
professors have already used the cable
system to let students see lab demon-
strations going on during class time,
and to allow students to interact with
those in the lab.
Root said all 60 UMTV channels
should be available in the residence
halls by September.
But most of the excitement comes
from the fact that all different facets
of the University can be involved in
broadcasting or simply communicat-
ing with each other.
"People have been afraid of tech-
nology and we wantto break that down.
It's hard to make it simple, but we've
been working to make it (that way),"
Conway said.
Many students involved are excited
about the project. Joe Mancuso, a se-
nior in Engineering, said, "We'll
change what people think of TV."

ijrrections:
University salaries will be raised
ased on merit and performance.
nits will be given equal percent-
,e allocations from tuition revenue
om which they are to give
dividual assessments and raises.
his was incorrectly reported in the
mly 13 issue of The Michigan
Wormer Vice President for
'niversity Relations, Richard
ennedy, retired on July 1. This
as incorrectly reported in the July
issue of The Michigan Daily.

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