Fanshawe college student rioters in London, Ont

Eight students at London's Fanshawe College have been suspended from campus because they broke the college's code of conduct. But should Universities and colleges take disciplinary action against off-campus behaviour? Some say students are already subject to the criminal justice system but others say it is important to send a message that this kind of behaviour is unacceptable.

Today's guest host was Jim Brown.

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Fanshawe college student rioters in London, Ont - College President

We started this segment with a clip of the St. Patrick's Day chaos in London, Ontario last weekend. What began as a celebration turned into an ugly riot. A police line was pushed back by flying beer bottles, a TV news truck was set on fire, an estimated 100 thousand dollars worth of damage was done. Police arrested thirteen people. Eight are students at London's Fanshawe college - but college President Howard Rundle says they're no longer welcome on campus. They've been suspended.

And if the former students believed their student union would fight the suspension, they received an awful shock. We heard from Veronica Barahona, the President of Fanshawe College's Student Union.

Howard Rundle is the President of Fanshawe College. He joined us from London, Ontario.

Fanshawe college student rioters in London, Ont - Federation of Students

Chris McGrath is the President of the Canadian Association of College and University Student Services. And he says that while policies similar to Fanshawe's may be on the rise .... they remain the exception - not the rule.

Well, efforts to extend the reach of campus codes of conduct have some students concerned. Roxanne Dubois is the National chair of the Canadian Federation of Students. She joined us from Ottawa.

This segment was produced by The Current's Gord Westmacott and Josh Bloch.

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