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ABAC begins penalties for not wearing ID badges

The new ABAC ID policy is in full effect and it’s already made a splash on campus. Student opinions vary on the issue with some saying that they are completely OK with the new policy while others continue to see it as intrusive, to the point of calling it racist or offensive.

The majority of students that I spoke with saw it annoying at best; they either weren’t happy about having to wear a badge or just saw it as one of life’s little annoyances. A vocal minority were greatly troubled or even angered about it. One student, who wishes to remain anonymous, immediately replied, “It’s bull****!” and proceeded to rant for about how it was unnecessary.

Several students have begun protesting by refusing to wear their badges. The smallest minority seem to be those who agree with the policy; so far, I have met exactly three students who think this way.

Dean Hughes, who is in charge of administering punishment, is urging students to take the policy seriously. She shared an incident during the first week of ID enforcement. Several girls had complained to her over the new policy, saying it was “lame” and “too much like high school.” Ironically, that night they saw several men they didn’t recognize in the dorms who were not wearing ID’s. The men seemed suspicious, so the girls reported them to a CA. Because the men were not wearing badges, the CA had a reason to question them and discovered they weren’t students. This is what Hughes assured me the badges are for: to identify non-students and have a reason to question them.

As mentioned earlier, the policy is now being enforced in full, meaning that punishments will be administered. First time offenders will only get a warning, and the second strike will net a written warning. On the third offence, students will either be assigned a community service project or a disciplinary assignment, such as writing a paper or making a bulletin board on the importance of ABAC policy. Repeat offenders will be given punishment of varying degrees.

No matter your side of the issue the policy appears to be here to stay, so it’s best that students follow it for their safety and the safety of the campus. Those who disagree can make their complaints to the Dean of Students.