Thursday, September 06, 2007

School of Hard Knocks - News - Pittsburgh City Paper

Great article. Ugly story.
School of Hard Knocks - News - News - Pittsburgh City Paper - Pittsburgh: "'I think the double standard has gotten worse. We live in a different city.' Their frequent calls to police rarely result in citations, she says, and they're often told, 'It's Oakland, it's where the students are, what do you expect?'

University of Pittsburgh officials, while refusing to comment on a specific incident, say that any community member can file a complaint against a student, on or off campus, through the Office of Student Affairs.

'If they just tell us about a situation, we'll address it with a student,' says Kathy Humphrey, vice provost and dean of students at Pitt. Humphrey adds that students are expected to be familiar with Pitt's code of conduct. 'Everybody understands it, we know what our expectations are -- inside and outside our community -- the respect of others is just a value that we have,' she says."

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Ok, so this is a really scary situation. Further, there are similar stories like this on occassion. I am completely confused about what a home owner's rights are when someone engages with you or advances at you on your own property. I can understand that if someone if fleeing, you cannot shoot at them from behind. However, when you are outnumbered three to one with drunken kids younger than you, you go to jail for trying to defend yourself? What are the rules here? Is there a link somewhere? My house was robbed in May and I have been advised repeatedly to get a gun, because I live in a 'transitional neighborhoood'. However, these same people advised me that if someone enters my property that I should shoot to kill, to avoid just this type of homeowner punishment. Any info from anyone on this issue would be great.