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wednesday, SEPTEMBER 21, 2011

Student Conduct Board allows students to be represented by peers By Aly Martinez

News Staff Writer

Photo by Reid Bruner

In January, Butler University Police Department plans to make changes to the emergency notification system, which will incorporate more elements of social networking.

BUPD will begin using social networking to reach students By Chris Goff

Head Copy Editor

Word gets out faster than ever on Facebook and Twitter. Soon Butler University emergency alerts will, too. Next semester expects students, faculty and staff to have the option of receiving official Butler notifications on the popular social media websites. “It’s the age we live in,” said Andrew Ryan, assistant chief of police at Butler University Police Department. The integration is the result of a change in the software vendor used to distribute the school’s messaging service. A three-to-five-year contract with the provider Send Word Now will replace the more expensive current agreement with Honeywell Instant Alert Plus. The new deal is scheduled to be signed later this year and take effect in January. Wilkey said the updates will still be available by voicemail, text and email, but the additions of Facebook and Twitter notifications

could prove especially popular. “We think you need to hit every possible communication medium you can,” said Kathleen Wilkey, senior director of application services for information technology. Freshman Christiaan Ruff, an arts administration and dance major said, “Using the web is the best way to reach everyone reliably and quickly.” Two different types of alerts exist: emergency notifications are sent to all available mediums warning of a verified campus emergency and a timely warning is an email designed to make the campus aware of criminal activity. “It’s a known immediate or potential threat to your campus where you need to get information out as quickly as possible telling them to do something or not do something,” Ryan said. As an institution that receives federal funding, Butler is subject to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act. According to the 1998 law, the

university is required to issue “timely reports to the campus community on crimes considered to be a threat to other students and employees.” The Department of Education handbook states that the decision to produce a timely warning depends on “a case-by-case [examination] of all factors surrounding a crime such as the nature of the crime and the continuing danger to the campus community.” Students said they are pleased to be alerted to ongoing investigations and find the warnings useful. “Informing will not hurt anyone,” Ruff said. “It will only be beneficial toward resolving the issue.” Senior biology major Shannon Knall said, “I would make a note in my head to be aware.” “I’d be looking over my shoulder a little more suspicious.” Wilkey said those on campus are highly encouraged to sign up for every form of safety notification, including Twitter and Facebook alerts when they become available in the future.

Butler University students who violate the rules might face more than the student code of conduct, when they make an appeal. The Student Conduct Board made up of peers is called upon when a student appeals the decision that the university board has come to during an administrative hearing. It is made up of students, staff and faculty. When an appeal is requested, Sally Click, dean of student services, is the first to receive the information. She is an adviser to the board but also ensures students are aware of their rights. “It’s not like a trial you see on TV,” Click said. “It’s modified based on necessity, comfort issues, and protection of witnesses.” After a student presents his or her case to the board, the council meets and discusses the circumstances. The group will then vote to confirm the prior decision that was made, modify it in a way they feel is more fitting and fair or dismiss it all together. Robert Holm, director of university research programs, serves as a hearing officer who coordinates the meeting and introduces all who are present. He can be present for all cases but remains neutral without a vote in the final verdict. Holm said it is an interesting opportunity for students to present their story to peers which in turn “gives the students an audible voice.” Not every person on the board will be asked to address each case, because they want to avoid any conflicts of interest. This means that some people might be asked more than others, based on their affiliation to the state of affairs or peer. “We look for a breath of

It’s not like a trial you see on TV. It’s modified based on necessity, comfort issues and protection of witnesses. Sally Click dean of student services

representation and always try to protect privacy as much as possible,” Click said. Addie Baez, a student board member for three years said she’s only been asked twice. “I don’t think it happens that often,” she said. Baez admits that she is more comfortable talking it out with the students on the board but appreciates the staff members’ ability to prevent any student bias. Contrary to Baez’s experiences, Anna Roueche, a previous student board member, said she came across about seven cases during her two years. It is not a weekly commitment; it is more of an on-demand dedication, she said. Roueche said her experience on the board was gratifying and it is “comforting to know that if you are stuck into a situation where you have to meet with the board, there is a student somewhere who will listen to your side.”


Sexual assault report raises concerns regarding campus safety

By Chris Goff

Head Copy Editor

University warnings have been in the campus consciousness following last Wednesday’s email from Butler University Police Department regarding an alleged sexual assault by an undisclosed individual that occurred at the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity house. Andrew Ryan, assistant chief of police

at BUPD, said what is alleged to have happened at Phi Kappa Psi suggested a continuing danger, which is why university officials decided to send out a warning. That judgment was formed in a meeting last Wednesday morning. Attendees included Ryan, police chief Ben Hunter, vice president for student affairs Levester Johnson, dean of student life Irene Stevens and dean of student services Sally Click, along with university counsel. Ryan said none present opposed alerting

the campus with a timely warning. After BUPD first learned of the assault report Sept. 13, an email was sent at 11:45 a.m. the following day. “If we don’t tell anybody,” Ryan said, “and a similar incident happens, we’re not serving our community. Transparency is to benefit everyone involved. We hope it can generate some leads.” Hunter said he takes the matter of sexual assault very personally at Tuesday’s Faculty Senate meeting.

“The issue of sexual assault keeps me up at night,” he said. It is underreported.” With the current situation, Hunter said BUPD and the administration was working diligently to keep campus safe. “Right now we’re investigating one, and we’re going to do our best to present that case to prosecution,” he said. “We’re doing our best.” He said the university could be fined $27,000 if someone from the university is made aware of an assault does not report it.

College of Communication implements new changes By André Smith

Assistant News Editor

The College of Communication is undergoing changes this year to help students be competitive in the job market. This has caused Butler University community members to disscuss how these changes impact students. Journalism Convergence Journalism now combines print, digital and broadcast into one major, instead of separate majors for electronic journalism and print journalism. Senior political science and journalism major Katie Day said she finds the changes to be inconvenient. Day said she feels like the administration is phasing out her major and are making it harder for her to schedule classes. “It is a pain in the butt,” Day said. “But, in the long run, I am sure it will maybe be good in helping students compete in the job market by making Butler more competitive.” Journalism professor Scott Bridge said the change is beneficial. “In this day and age, print reporters need to know how to shoot and edit video, and broadcast

reporters need to know how to write stories,” Bridge said. “So you learn a new skill which makes you more marketable, which is what we hope to do.” Bridge said he thinks eventually there will be a convergence of journalism and public relations. “In the future I think there will be a possible mix of journalism and PR,” Bridge said. “I have seen that many graduates with a journalism degree [from Butler] are going into PR. Many do this because they may want to have more regular hours instead of a career in journalism where the hours are less set.” Associate dean of the College of Communication Ann Savage said the changes were made to the major to reflect changes in the field. New Majors This year, public relations and advertising is a new major that combines three previous majors: public relations, integrated communications and public and corporate communication. Interim Dean of the College of Communication Bill Neher said students under this new major will gain the same skills as previous

students. “Students will receive the same skills, but it will not be divided into three different majors,” Neher said. “It is always advantageous when it is not split into three different sections.” Media, rhetoric and culture is also a new major taught by professors who were formerly part of the communication studies department and the media arts department. Instructor Casey Kelly said he welcomes the changes. “For me there are two things I find exciting from the development of the media, rhetoric and culture major,” Kelly said. “The first thing is that many professors in both departments taught the same things but did not get a chance to work together on ideas which has changed since it is one major. The other point is that it has exposed more students to my classes which has a lot of benefits because now there are more people cooperating on projects that have relevance to both majors.” Senior communication and biology major Lauren Lupkowski said that she is not under the new major but has received benefits from

Photo by Rachel Anderson

The College of Communication, located in Fairbanks Center, has made numerous changes to majors this year. it.

“I think it is great that [the administration] adapted the program to fit new skills for the new students,” Lupkowski said. “I was even allowed to take one of the new classes in the media, rhetoric and culture major, which is good because it is nice to broaden my knowledge, since a lot of things learned in college become outdated by the time you graduate.” Organizational communication and leadership is a new major that will be ready for faculty approval this fall. Lecturer Janis Crawford, who teaches courses for the major, said the changes will bring new growth options for students.

“It opens all kinds of opportunities for faculty to work together,” Crawford said. “It also broadens opportunities for students because it allows students to work more closely with faculty.” Neher said the changes serve to help students. “We hope that [students] will be good critical communicators but also good citizens,” Neher said. “Another thing we hope for them to understand is ethical communications. We do not teach ethics in terms of yourself having ethics but [instead] the ethical demands in journalism, PR, organizational communication and communication sciences and disorders.”


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