Letter To Students
October 25, 2005
Dear Western Students,
In the past I have written to our students asking that you please remember that as citizens of the Macomb community you act responsibly. I write again asking that you maintain positive relationships with members of our community, as well as with local law enforcement agencies.
I know that the vast majority of our students are outstanding Macomb citizens. For example, Saturday, Oct. 22 was, as part of the national Make a Difference Day, our annual All Campus Service Day. Many of our students participated in this day of service during Family Weekend and helped our local residents. The University would like to thank the student members of Western's All Volunteer Effort (WAVE) for repairing the fence of a local resident whose property was damaged by other students. This is just one example of how Western Illinois University students show others that they truly do care about the community in which they live.
Unfortunately, the University has recently received serious complaints from local residents and our law enforcement agencies about students who are being disrespectful to property, local citizens, as well as to each other. Local and campus law enforcement agencies are responding to more calls involving on- and off-campus fights. I must remind all of our students that the University will not tolerate inappropriate behavior, particularly harassing local citizens and/or engaging in fighting.
We will continue to work with Macomb and University police to make certain that those who damage property, harass others or engage in fights are sanctioned not only through the legal system, but also through Western's student judicial system. I implore you to consider how your actions reflect not only on you, but also on your family and your University. Inappropriate acts tarnish the reputation of our entire community and will not be tolerated.
Please consider that making a difference is not limited to just one day. Each of you can make a positive impact in our community and in the lives of others each and every day. And please remember that any acts of incivility can have serious consequences both within and outside of the University.