THE HONOR SYSTEM
court, with the highest burden of proof
possible, strict sanctions even for first
offenses, and counsel who take to heart
their roles as "defense" and "prosecution."
"The criminal system operates under
guidelines that courts say are inappropri-
ate for us to use in an educational/disci-
plinary institution," Appiarius said. He
compares the current system to a car with
eight cylinders but only five are working.
"It's not that it's broken. It's that it doesn't
work at peak efficiency."
Appiarius wants to reduce the burden
ofproof and decide sanctions on a
case-by-case basis. In addition, he says, counsel
should act only in an advisory capacity,
with the accused student addressing other
But perhaps the most significant
change he suggests is adding mediation as
an option. Unlike in a "real" court, the
only option available at UNC is a full
hearing. Students cannot shorten the
process by pleading guilty, nor is there any
type of mediation option for cases where
it might be more appropriate.
Chiara D'Amore '01 was charged
with misrepresentation in fall 1999. She
had signed up for an interview with Kraft
Foods through University Career Services
as a way to protest cigarette manufactur-
ing against Kraft parent company Philip
Morris, but she canceled her appointment
shortly afterward because she said it was
not the right venue to use. She was
charged anyway because her name was
found in the Career Center records. She
says the situation was largely a misunderstanding and could have been resolved
quickly with mediation. Instead, the pro-
ceedings dragged for months.
A few hours into her trial, the court
members added new charges and resched-
uled the hearing for another time. Prepar-
ing for the first case had taken an emo-
tional and physical toll on D'Amore, and
she did not feel that she could go through
another trial. So she did what she wanted
to do from the start: She called UCS
Director Marcia Harris, who had brought
the charges against her, and they agreed to
meet and talk directly.
Five Million Volumes and
the Information Age
Recently we celebrated the gift of the Library'S five-millionth vol-
ume from the John and Anna Hodgin Hanes Foundation, underscoring
our on-going commitment to the printed word. At the same time, we
continue to expand access to information online. The numbers tell the
story: $9 million for traditional printed materials, $1.1 million for electronic resources. For those of you who wonder if books still matter, the
answer is yes. For those who live online, so do we! Our mission is the
same - to provide the best quality information for Carolina's smdents,
faculty, and the greater community.
Much of this excellence is due to Friends like you - alumni who
make a gift to the Library. Won't you join us today?
o Enclosed is my check for ___ made out to the Friends of the Library.
We recognize each gift of$l,OOO or more with a bronze nameplate
on the donor plaque in the Davis Library main foyer.
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