As a result of an October incident on Thurman Circle and a recently completed internal investigation under the Fanshawe Student Code of Conduct, one Fanshawe student has been suspended and up to three other students have left the college.
As part of the internal investigation, the students were able to explain their conduct and about six other students who have not left, nor have been formerly suspended, have agreed to a contract that will keep them accountable for future behaviour, said Emily Marcoccia, Fanshawe's director of marketing and communications.
“The contracts are an agreement that certain conditions will be met and (concern) conduct moving forward,” explained Leanne Perreault, manager of corporate communications.
Students should be aware that their actions off-campus can affect their role as a student at the college. The Code — specifically section 18.104.22.168 — refers to these actions as those that negatively affect the “rights of a member of the college community to use and enjoy the College's learning and working environment and facilities.” It also refers to “conduct which could adversely affect the health and safety of the College Community.”
The incident occurred on the night of October 30, 2009. After midnight, the house parties happening on the street flooded onto the road, blocking it and violently rocking vehicles, reported London Police Services. Those officers that arrived at the scene were greeted with wine bottles, full cans of beer, paving stones from driveways and spindles from residences front porch railings being thrown at them.
Out of the situation, 22 people were arrested for unlawful assembly and also face criminal charges.
“It's disappointing because there are so many wonderful things Fanshawe students do and when these things happen, they put a damper on those wonderful things,” said Perreault.
But the college is firm in its position that they will deal with these situations strictly when they involve students.
“The main point is the college takes it seriously, and will investigate when these things come up,” she said.