Re: University Special Constables-Traffic Enforcement
Posted: Mon Dec 05, 2011 3:02 pm
GoodWitness wrote:This discussion reminded me of a piece I listened to one evening on CBC, concerning university students who were disciplined for publicly criticizing a professor. It became a charter case and the courts came down on the side of the students, saying essentially that a university, being publicly funded and carrying out their roles under various gov't acts, are bound by the charter.
The university continues to challenge the ruling, saying that it impinges on their autonomy. While I completely agree that people need to abide by the rules of the institution, the fact that they could be denied the right to defend themselves against a charge would seem to go against the charter.
Pridgen v. University of Calgary, 2010 ABQB 644 (CanLII), <http://canlii.ca/t/2cxd9> an interesting read.
I think the issue at bar is not that students should or shouldn't be punished and the need for laws and rules to maintain public order. I don't think anyone on here would argue against rules to ensure public order.
My question is, what is the need for the S.Cst status (and ability to enforce various laws) if these matters can be dealt with via the university's Code of Conduct?