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Now that legal action is completed in the Dunster House Assault Case, the College must conduct its own investigation to determine which students are subject to disciplinary action. While a false arrest and confused testimony have placed some of the implicated students in the position of martyrs, the Administrative Board must forget this largely unjustified sentiment. It must regard all cases as ordinary infractions of college rules and regulations.
Rayan has already left college. As far as the courts are concerned, Judge Green, after considering the brutal nature of the offense and his previous record, should give him a sufficiently heavy sentence to convince him of the heinous nature of his crime.
While George, Francis, and Victor did not realize the extent of Foster's injury and acted as many other people would have acted, it is entirely possible that they violated College rules and it is clear that in no case do they deserve the position of martyrs. The Administrative Board must blot the assault and the disagreeable surrounding circumstances from its mind. Action must be determined solely by their share in an ordinary fight.
When they have reached a decision based on this procedure they must break with precedent and issue a full report of their findings. Only in this way may these students be exonerated to the extent which they deserve.
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