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VOLUME 53, ISSUE 61 Friday, March -12, 1993 GNPO An in-depth look at WSU's due j j process. See page 3. WEBER STATE UNIVERSITY OGDEN, UTAH Affirmative Jt ction The IT 1 I 4 ...... V Hanging art NATALIE BOSWELLWE SIGNPOST In a performance art piece, Curtis Benally displays a symbolic transformation that represents reaching out for heritage and cultural ties. WSU lacks cheating punishment policy By LAURIE M. WIRTH Signpost editor in chief Recent letters and phone calls to TheSignpost mentioned a cheating incident which brought up questions that could affect every Weber State University student. The main question is, "should there be better enforcement of WSU's cheating policies?" The Signpost decided not to use names because some people were named in the letters, others were not. Basically, according to the letters and phone calls, the incident went like this: On Feb 26, a WSU senior went to his sociology class to take an exam but was told test answers had been obtained by a quarter of the class and so the test was canceled. Class members were later told a student assistant had handed out copies of the test. Students were asked for suggestions on how the situation should be handled. The professor decided to give students who obtained copies of the test an "F" grade for that exam, but several classmates contended those students could feasibly get an "A" in the class, based on grading procedures. The professor agreed. But several class members don't agree with the professor's discipline. "It is extremely unfair to those of us who did not feel the necessity to cheat. This is an extremely unfair settlement for the honest students who have worked hard to receive an honest grade," a class member wrote to The Signpost. The letter also was sent to the sociology department, the social and behavioral sciences department and President Paul Thompson. But the student didn't sign his name for fear of retribution "due to the Following a complaint Process for dealing with grievance complaint at Weber State University. AL EGATION Student Faculty No resolution Due process officer for advice at any time Department chairman T Dean No resolution Hearing officer (faculty) 2 faculty 2 students No resolution Due process officer large number of students involved in the cheating." According to the Student Code, students' responsibilities include "maintaining academic ethics and honesty." The code prohibi ts chea ti ng, i ncl u d i ng "knowingly obtaining, using, buying, selling, transporting or soliciting.. .the contents of any test, without authorization." Several students who didn't accept the pirated test believe WSU'scheating policy should be enforced. However, a system-wide process for dealing with cheating doesn't exist at the university, said Lee Peters, dean of student life. "We can't have an across-the-board process because i t al lows for a noma 1 i es. Nothing is black or white, but instead there are levels of grievances," Peters said. (See Cheating page 2) Health Center compares poorly with others Survey says 1 7 percent of student body unaware of center's existence By JUSTIN SCOTT & TYSON HIATT Signpost staff writers Weber State University may not be getting its money's worth from the Student Health Center when compared with other regional institutions. WSU student fee donations to the center totaled $153,467, but a random survey of 150 students showed only 29 percent of WSU's 15,000 students claim to use the center, and 17 percent are not even aware of its existence. WSU's 10,708 full-time equivalent students pay $4.17 per quarter in student fees for the health center. The fee is less than that paid by full-time students at regional institutions and is also representa tive of the services pro vided. The $153,467 budget for WSU's health center includes salaries for a medical doctor, a clinical nurse, a clinic director nurse practitioner, a medical technologist, a secretary and medical supplies. The center handles about 50 to 60 patients a day. The center performs much like a family physician's practice with the exception of X-rays and AIDS testing. By comparison, Idaho State University, with an FTE index of 8,307 students, operates on a budget of $872,000, with $560,000 coming from student fees. That is a semester fee of $39 per full-time student. Kim Robertson, administrative assistant at the ISU health center said, "We have done bone biopsies, we do liver biopsies and minor surgeries." The ISU center has 2 1 2 doc tors, a pharmacist, four nurses, an administrative assistant, a lab technician and two student pharmacy interns. It receives 90 to 100 patients a day. "We function very much like a small town clinic with an X-ray and a lab," Robertson said. The Boise State University center has an operating budget of $437,600 for the 1993-94 school year, charging each of the 9,319 FTE students $25 a semester. The BSU center provides AIDS testing, X-rays, skin biopsies, and all other family physician services. Its staff consists of a director, a doctor, three nurses and a receptionist, and serves an average 80 to 100 patients a day. The Weber State center's budget proposal to the Student Fee Allocations Committee estimates operation costs of private clinics of comparable size to be $410,000. Two Ogden health care professionals agree. In a letter submitted with the budget proposal, Dr. Lamar Rogers said, "The WSU $5 health charge per quarter is amazing. This should be at least doubled or should be the same as other universities. The pay scale of the clinic personnel does not meet the community standards for this type of work." Terry Behunin, director of marketing and public relations at McKay-Dee Hospital, agreed. "That $153,467 is a small budget. We would use that money up in salaries alone if the clinic was here at McKay-Dee." Behunin said McKay-Dee doctors have an average salary of between $80,000 and $1 00,000 a year and nurses salaries range between (See Center page 2) TODAY'S Mews ARts "Up With People" to perform at WSU. See page 6. Sports Dwight Richards picked in Canadian draft See page 9.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1993-03-12, Vol. 53, No. 61|
|Creator||Weber State University|
|Contributors||Associated Students of Weber State University; A generous grant from the Utah State Library and the Institute of Museum and Library Services.|
|Description||Weber's current student newspaper, the Signpost, first appeared on September 29, 1937. For two years prior to that time, campus news was disseminated via announcements posted on a bulletin board known as the "Signpost". As a result, the masthead of the first issue of the paper itself featured a rudimentary wooden sign with the title spelled out in rustic-looking letters. Over the years the paper has been published continuously, though the look, size and style has changed several times.|
|Subject||College student newspapers and periodicals; Weber State University|
|Publisher Digital||Stewart Library, Weber State University|
|Source||University Archives LD5893.W55 S5, Stewart Library, Weber State University|
|Rights Management||Public Domain. Courtesy of University Archives, Stewart Library, Weber State University.|