Well, not really.
Suzanne Glen should have learned how to punt.
That way, she might not be serving an indefinite suspension from the University of Tennessee, a situation that has put a hold on her receiving the master’s degree in social work that she’s earned.
Glen, a 60-year-old from Nashville, was arrested for DUI in Gulf Shores, Ala., but pleaded guilty last year to the reduced charge of reckless driving. UT has suspended her indefinitely, meaning she doesn’t get her degree and has had to forfeit some $13,000 in schooling costs from the spring semester. UT Knoxville Chancellor Jimmy Cheek has upheld the suspension.
Tim Rogers, UT’s vice chancellor for student affairs, said drunken driving is the kind of charge that will get a student indefinitely suspended. Other offenses include domestic violence, assault, drug or weapons charges, and cheating or plagiarism. Requiring students to adhere to a code of conduct is wise and responsible.
Yet Glen’s suspension seems out of line when compared, say, to former Vols punter Britton Colquitt, who was disciplined twice by then-coach Philip Fulmer but not suspended from school.
Skip the punter who’s no longer on campus. How ’bout the guys who got in a fight in a bar who are still suiting up for dear ol’ Rocky Top U? This would seem to apply to their actions:
… Glen, her attorney and a character witness attended an April 9 hearing before administrative judge Jennifer L. Richter, who is with the Office of Equity and Diversity at UT. Richter affirmed the indefinite suspension last week.
UT officials stated that Glen violated Rule 8 of the standards of conduct. That rule prohibits anyone from engaging in “conduct which threatens or endangers the health or safety of any person …” even off campus.
(h/t The Wiz of Odds)