The Morgan State University Spokesman today reports that university officials are considering changes to its Code of Student Conduct that will allow for off-campus incidents involving students to be under the university’s system of judicial review and punishment. The topic was discussed during a recent meeting between Morgan President David Wilson and members of the surrounding community in Northeast Baltimore. From the Spokesman:
“We want to make sure that our students are understanding that there are certain behaviors at Morgan that we simply will not accept and we will not tolerate,” (Wilson said.) “And so, as you live in the communities and you engage in certain behaviors that are destructive, we’re looking at our code of conduct to see how that code of conduct could be crafted in a way where it would cover not just those activities that occur on the campus itself, but also those that occur beyond the confines of the community.”
Currently, the Code’s section on inherent authority allows for off-campus incidents which ‘adversely affects the University’s educational mission, and/or constitutes a substantial and/or continuing danger to the safety or property of the University or members of the University community’ to fall under the university’s Office of Judicial Affairs. There is no standing agreement between university police and the Baltimore City Police Department to report any crimes or civic violations to the university for judicial review.
The Office held a community forum this evening for students to exchange perspectives on potential changes to the code of student conduct. No timetables have been published for any changes to the code, which must be voted upon by the university’s board of regents.