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We could just brand them...

October 18, 2013

To the editor: I read with a fair amount of puzzlement this morning an article concerning Edison State College and convicted felons....

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seandhartman

Oct-18-13 1:49 PM

My issue is the idea of blanket denial for felonies. Some people make mistakes in life, including myself with a now expunged felony charge that almost denied me my right to lodge in the dormitories.

The issue is they need to look at it case-by-case, and take into consideration what happened, how long ago it happened, and how has the person rehabilitated.

Some people just want to forget their horrible past and look to the future, and the blatant discrimination IMO is wrong.

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EndHypocrisyNow

Oct-18-13 6:06 PM

It isn't felons that Edison is looking to deny. It is Sex Offenders and Predators. would you want convicted rapists or pedophiles attending class with your children? Many have asked, "Why prevent them from taking online classes too?" It is a reasonable question. However, once admitted as a student, how do you prevent them from signing up for a regular class? How do you prevent them from coming on campus to go to the bookstore? See an advisor? Go to the testing center to take an exam? Visit the library to do research for a paper? Participate in activities that students have the right to attend? Online classes also have a discussion component. The online format allows for both public and private communication. How do you prevent a convicted sex offender from communicating with a classmate and setting up a meet to work on a project together or study?

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EndHypocrisyNow

Oct-18-13 6:09 PM

The real issue is whether or not the sex offenders will be reviewed on a case by case basis. The young kid who turned 18 a couple months before his girlfriend turned 16 is not the same threat to others as the 40 year old man that had sex with a 12 year old or the man who jumped out of the bushes and raped a passing jogger. The man who really had to pee and didn't think anyone could see him is not the same threat as the guy who drove past bus stops with his zipper down and willy hanging out. Sexual Offender is a very broad definition and those cases need to be reviewed individually to determine the level of threat before denying someone an affordable education.

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