By: Diane Benjamin
Is ISU a Police State for students? I’ve heard stories of dorm rooms open in Watterson and a cop pops his head in to look for contraband. Actions like that don’t encourage good relations between students and the police.
I decided to do a Freedom of Information request for the fines assessed against students. This is the response:
We maintain financial records on a fiscal year basis, therefore; we are providing you with the information for fiscal year 2014 ( July 1, 2013 through June 30, 2014). During this time the following Student Code of Conduct fines were assessed:
Alcohol fines – 683 fines totaling $86,175.00
Drug fines – 239 fines totaling $93,855.00
4th+ offense fines (given when more than 3 offenses are committed) – 72 fines totaling $3,700.00
Jay R. Groves
Chief of Staff
Open Records Officer
That is a total of $183,730 for one school year.
What about fines levied by the Town of Normal? They publish that information. The entire report can be seen here: Normal Fines report
Below are the ones that most likely apply to college students:
That totals $455,950
No, the kids shouldn’t be drinking and smoking pot. But then the police shouldn’t be funding a large part of the department on them either.
How likely are college kids to report crimes, like rape? It would be easier if relations between the 2 groups were better.
Just something to think about.