January 26, 2004
The Long Slow Arm of The DB Board
So, you may recall a certain incident with no-longer-existent building. Well, it seems that things have finally caught up with me. I’ve been charged with “Damaging Harvey Mudd property ” and offered a settlement of five hours of community service to be completed before graduation. I have 48 hours to decide if I’m going to accept the settlement or take it to a hearing.
And I certainly don’t want to take it to a hearing. I’m pretty sure that I would be unable to restrain myself from making some “off color” remark like: “Tell you what, I’ll fix all the damage I caused out of my own pocket. You just make the guys with the bulldozers fix the damage they caused.” or “You know, I don’t recall what happened anymore. Could you show me the damage?”
Nevertheless, there’re some things that are bothering me. First, the other guy is no longer a student here so, he, obviously, can’t be held to do community service. Upstanding guy that he is, I bet that he would do it just out of a sense of responsibility if they asked him to, but he’s just getting a “warning,” which I interpret to mean a “nothing.” The other thing that bothers me is that, according to the Harvey Mudd Honor code:
[quote]Section VII, Paragraph D:
The investigators have five days to come up with a list of charges which will be presented to the chair and the defendant.[/quote]
By my calendar, those five days started on June 19, 2003, so we’re a bit past the deadline. I brought this up to Diana, who’s the DB chair, and asked if the case would be thrown out because of this (I seem to remember a similar thing happening in a previous case). The crux of my argument is that, really, why couldn’t they have just waited another six months, and given both of us a “warning.” She’s going to talk it over with Dean Noda and get back to me.
Failing that, my response will be that given the telescoping of time for bringing charges to me, I will inform them of my plans regarding the settlement sometime in early April.