Tuesday, February 25, 2003

Orange alert status = terror for students

From RISKS 22.56

"Date: Thu, 13 Feb 2003 05:46:37 -0500
From: "Rebecca Mercuri"
Subject: Risks of Doing Homework

At the faculty meeting at Bryn Mawr College on 12 Feb 2003, we were
informed that a student at Haverford (our affiliated College) was arrested over
the weekend when he was trying to do his homework assignment in
As part of the Cities project, he was taking photographs of SEPTA (our
regional transit authority) facilities when he was arrested, detained
for a few hours, and eventually released. Haverford administration is working
to try to ensure that this event not be a part of the student's permanent
police record. Apparently taking photographs at transit facilities is
cause for arrest during "Code Orange" alert, the authorities explained.
Faculty were advised to be careful about assigning "field trip" projects during
such alerts.

Rebecca Mercuri, Bryn Mawr Computer Science"

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