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    JohnMar 5, 2011 at 12:45 pm

    I completely agree with the above posters saying that without the Campus this wouldn’t have been so sensationalized and personal to the student it happened to. It’s absolutely terrible that the campus has turned into news around campus to a sensationalist news gossip team looking to get a “big break” and cause chatter around campus. It would have been so much better for it to be internally dealt with, rather than publicly released. If I were that student, I would be beyond embarrassed by the fact that a giant article was written about me being harassed by other students because of sexual orientation. It certainly wouldn’t help me sleep at night knowing someone could walk around the dorm room and find my door because it was graffitied over, thanks to the school newspaper.

    Absolutely pathetic.

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    SamFeb 25, 2011 at 10:57 pm

    If The Campus hadn’t reported this, would we have found out about it at all?

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    SFeb 18, 2011 at 1:09 am

    1) What information does this article tell about the student other than his residence and what happened? None. No one is going to figure out who it is based on that. If they do, well then they’re the greatest detectives the world has ever known and we should give them bigger cases to solve.
    2) Realising information is NOT a crime unless the victim is under age or is currently part of an investigation or trial in which a gag order has been issued by a judge.

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      JohnMar 5, 2011 at 12:49 pm

      Too bad all one would have to do is go find the room in the residence, go back to their dorm and look up the room number in the campus directory. Not great detective work at all, I’d say. It’s not a matter of legality, it is a matter of right and wrong that the campus obviously has no real qualms about.

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    NikkiFeb 16, 2011 at 9:31 pm

    Writing as a student, not someone affiliated with an
    organization – when it comes to hate crimes or crimes that make the
    victim feel as though control has been taken away, the best thing
    you can do is give control back to the student. The Campus
    newspaper took that control away, again, in a second assault on the
    victims privacy. The individual should have full control over what
    information does and does not get released. In hate crimes,
    sometimes the criminal may retaliate if the victim tells someone
    (if you tell anyone about this, I will…). Not saying this is the
    case here, but it could be. reporting on it would put the student
    in undue harm, again. You have to proceed with caution and
    sensitivity, and the Campus clearly did not do so in this

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    ST in VirginiaFeb 16, 2011 at 1:48 pm

    “Releasing any information pointing to a victim can be a crime.” No, it can’t Rachel. In fact, the paper could name the student who was targeted, so long they got the information in a legal manner (they didn’t steal it from a voice mailbox or off someone’s desk, for instance). Also, think of how this info helps: now your alliance to help gay students is on the lookout. Now, campus security had better beef-up its coverage, or someone’s family will sue. Now, the president, if he/she ever decides to say something, is put on notice. The reporters here seem to have handled themselves professionally in a tense situation.

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      RachelFeb 16, 2011 at 8:47 pm

      MY alliance to help gay students? I assume everyone commenting on this website is connected to Allegheny in some way, meaning it is OUR alliance, an alliance that is dedicated to helping all of the queer community, not just gay-identified people.

      All that aside, The Campus does not break stories. It makes stories public knowledge. President Mullen, Security, and QnA did not become aware of this incident because of The Campus.

      As for the last point, it IS illegal to release information about a victim without gaining permission. People have a right to privacy.

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    RachelFeb 16, 2011 at 2:53 am

    I think, The Campus, you need to understand you are NOT anything more than what your title says you are- a campus newspaper. Your entire staff are members of a small community, not hard-nosed professional reporters.

    Releasing any information pointing to a victim can be a crime. However, your own moral compasses should be guiding you here. You may feel you have a commitment to the “truth” here, which you seem to have interpreted as further finger-pointing at a victim, but your true obligation is the same as every member of our community- fostering a happy, healthy and, above all, safe place for each of us.

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