Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1975-11-181
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r . n Vol. 36 No. 14 Weber State College Nov. 18, 1975 J i i 11 rs V'1 ' r u ? Tenants without lock legol rights leose-in writing Although the number of students living in the dormitories has greatly increased, a large number of Weber State students are still choosing to live off campus. James Barker, Weber's representative from the Attorney General's office said that if students don't have a lease, their rights as tenants are very limited. He said a lease is a document that "will set forth the rights of the landlord and those of the tenant." It will also specify the rights of termination. Barker said, "If you don't have a signed lease, the landlord can terminate the lease as he sees fit." There are very few laws outside of a lease that protect the tenant, according to Barker. Rights of tenants Sam Herskovitz of the American Civil Liberties Union said that what is "lacking in the -whole state is any initiative protecting the rights of tenants." He said that there is "practically no protection for tenants in Utah." Barker also said that oral leases don't do very much good. He said that there is "a problem of proof." One area where the tenant is protected according to Barker is under what conditions his landlord may enter his apartment without his he can't permission. Barker said "a landlord has to have a legitimate reason; just come busting in." Information other than termination conditions that might be included in a lease are conditions for returning cleaning or safety deposits, responsibility for repairs, conditions regarding overnight guests, and conditions for raising rent. Some WSC students who are living in apartments without leases have complained about problems resulting from lack of a written agreement. What's expected One of these students, Michelle Coyle, said, "It's frustrating sometimes because I don't know what's expected of me, and I don't know what to expect from my landlady." Coyle, a freshman from Michigan, lives in a house with 11 other women. The house is divided into two apartments, six in one and five in the other. Sharon Harrington, a junior from Clearfield, is living with four other women. She hasn't signed a lease either. Harrington voiced the same complaints about not knowing what to expect. She said that her landlords announced that they were remodeling her apartment in the middle of the month and that she had to move all of her things to another part of the apartment. The fact that she didn't have a lease made this move by her landlords legitimate. ' - VA' ; i! . 4,1 -, i . - " -ax A place to live ' i .. '71 A """ -rJJ - I - ; - " 1 1 .. 7 1 : ' ,Si - f 1 Sometimes we live in a basement L Faculty evaluations are OK says WSC attorney Barker :!!!. -1 I : . ; I j i I i I ' i """i I "i n" Ju - ; J i I i IH''' -1- v !""v photos by Stephen Mattow An apartment with services James Barker, Weber's representative from the attorney general's office said that he sees no reason why students should not be able to publish a student evaluation of faculty. Barker said "as long as what you're printing is true and you're not doing it just to throw someone out of their job; there's no reason why you shouldn't be able to print it." Barker said that this applies whether or not the students decide to print and sell the evaluations. Still might sue One member of the faculty however, says that there is still a chance that he will sue the students if the evaluations are distributed outside of the academic dean and faculty members of a given department. Dr. Gerald Grove, professor of English said "If I could determine that they (the evaluations) were libelous I would sue." He said that he received legal advice from an Ogden law firm that it may be viable to file suit. Used wrongly Grove said that the faculty evaluations have "been used wrongly." He said that he has seen some fine faculty members judged unfairly as a result of the evaluations. Grove said that several years ago the faculty was prevented from posting grades, even by social security number because the students threatened to sue for libel. He said that he thought the faculty deserved the same legal protection. Student's go ahead Doug Young, student academic vice president still plans to go ahead with the evaluations. Young said that he feels the evaluations can be a valuable tool for both students and faculty members. Faculty evaluation was last done two years ago. Forms were passed out to students in all classes and the responses were listed numerically in the printed evaluation. How much homework Questions on the evaluation form included such information as how much homework a given teacher will give in the class, how much class participation is encouraged and how much knowledge a professor has of his subject. The evaluations were kept in several places on campus including the library and the Ombudsman office for students to use.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1975-11-18, Vol. 36, No. 14|
|Creator||Weber State College|
|Contributors||Associated Students of Weber College; 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 College|
|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.|