Saturday, May 9, 2015

University Notifies Community of Student's RSO Status...You Know the Rest

After two successful semesters as a linguistics student at University at Buffalo, Daniel is now a former student because he is a registered sex offender.
Because the court deemed Daniel “psychologically abnormal,” the judge – Kenneth Case of Erie County – bumped his level up a notch higher than his original Level 1 score. 
His abnormality? Mild autism.
Now, the Level 2 label could remain with Daniel for life. 
This label has already forced Daniel to leave his UB on-campus housing – where he had spent almost eight uneventful months after his arrest, but prior to his conviction. It’s also prevented him from getting a job or attending classes at UB.
Uneventful months. He has not reoffended.
Who would want to house or hire or even befriend a sex offender? 
Because Daniel was denied housing on UB’s campus, the university determined he could not be in any on-campus dorms. In August of 2014, he was caught in his girlfriend’s dorm room and arrested. 
Last Wednesday, he got his punishment: He’s not allowed on campus for a year. 
The punishment doesn’t matter to Daniel. 
He dropped out of school at the end of the fall semester, ending his hopes of becoming a linguistics researcher. It was too hard to be a sex offender and a student.
Read the whole thing. You won't find any shocking surprises, just the heartbreaking and routine bureaucratic evisceration of a young man's life.

~ marie

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