Punish All For Acts Of A Few

In all my experience working with different colleges and serving as a national president of a fraternal organization, I have witnessed several cases of colleges and universities stripping college students of basic constitutional rights.

The first amendment of the US Constitution states:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

One of the rights protected by this above statement is the right for us to peaceable assemble.  This means we can join organizations and clubs as we see fit, not as the university permits of us.

That brings me to an article I read today found HERE.

West Virginia University has suspended all activities by campus fraternities and sororities hours after a student was found at a fraternity house without a pulse, police and school officials said on Thursday.

Nolan Burch, 18, was not breathing when he was found at the Kappa Sigma fraternity house around midnight on Tuesday, said Ed Preston, the police chief of Morgantown, where the school is located, 75 miles (121 km) south of Pittsburgh.

Police arrived to find CPR being administered to Burch, who was taken to hospital and put in intensive care, Preston said in a statement, adding that fraternity members were being interviewed.

After the incident, the school said it was indefinitely suspending all sorority and fraternity social and pledging activities.

Stop a moment and think about this.

I don't want to downplay what happened with Nolan Burch but what is being said here is Kappa Sigma screwed up so all fraternities will be punished and all students wishing to join those organizations can no longer exorcise their first amendment rights to assemble.

This would be like everyone in an apartment complex losing their license to drive because the person in apartment B was caught drunk driving.

Or trying to strip everyone of their right to own a gun because one person was irresponsible with theirs... oh wait, that actually is attempted but luckily it has been shot down as unconstitutional.

Fraternal organizations in this country, and I include sororities in this classification, have gotten such a bad reputation in this country that they are continually considered guilty until proven innocent and schools think nothing of stripping them of their rights.

Looking back at the first amendment, we do have the right to assemble.  In fact in the case Beta Upsilon Chi v. Machen the court ruled:

"The courts have long understood as implicit in the right to engage in activities protected by the First Amendment a corresponding right to associate with others in pursuit of a wide variety of political, social, economic, educational, religious, and cultural ends."

If members of Kappa Sigma did something wrong, punish their members to full extent of the law, but do not strip away rights of the innocent because of the acts of others.