Though the policy is technically already in place, it will not be enforced until Monday, Jan. 28, in order for all students to be able to acquire their new badges. If students do not comply with the new policy, they will have their names reported to the dean of students and be disciplined according to school policy. Penalties include, but are not limited to, warnings, loss of privileges, community service, fines and suspension. Students, faculty and CAs are urged to report any non-students to the police department.
The new policy has drawn varied reactions from students. Some said that they welcome the new policy due to feeling threatened by the non-students on campus, other didn’t feel the same. Several anonymous students felt the policy infringed on their rights, and others thought it unfairly targets certain demographics. Student Government Association president Stephen Aaron had this to say, "The new ID policy will be both helpful, and annoying. It will be helpful to administration and CAs in helping to identify possible threats to the school, but at the same time, will be an annoyance to the students when they are making a quick run to the C-Store, or are sitting outside enjoying the night air. Overall, the idea makes the school a safer place, but I am interested to see how it will pan out in the end.”
Whatever your side of the issue, for now it will be important to get to Town Hall to receive your new Gold Card. Students can get them made throughout the week between nine o’clock am and five-thirty pm.