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Legally Confused

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Society has become quick to condemn and vilify public information. In this column first-year Paralegal student Charles Crosier breaks down what’s wrong and what’s right in: (Para) Legally Laughable! 

Disclaimer: This column in no way constitutes legal advice. It is simply an opinion of the author.

Entering my first year in paralegal studies I’ve come across certain things that are, without a doubt, laughable. This time around I’m going to focus on a personal favorite: Incest.

Now, I know what you might be thinking. ‘Incest?! What the HECK man?!’ I promise that this is worth it, so listen closely!

The standard definition for incest according to Merriam-Webster is as follows: “sexual intercourse between persons so closely related that they are forbidden by law to marry; also, the statutory crime of such a relationship”. This is what I assume most people think of when the subject is brought up. However, common law is defined (again, by Merriam-Webster) as, “the body of law developed in England primarily from judicial decisions based on custom and precedent”. In short, a majority of our laws in the U.S. were originally based upon common law and then modified over time to fit our current world.

This brings us back to incest. In common law it is defined as “sexual intercourse between people related by consanguinity (blood) or affinity (marriage)” according to my Legal Assistant 102 coursework. Incest used to be defined as sexual relations between anyone related by blood or marriage… Wait, marriage?!

Of course this has been amended over the years because that’s how the law works. No longer do those of the married sort need to worry about committing crimes against the law, or humanity for that matter!

The current legal definition of incest as provided by USLegal is: “Laws vary by state, but generally, a person commits incest if s/he marries or engages in sexual intercourse with a person s/he knows to be, either legitimately or illegitimately:

  1. Her/His ancestor or descendant by blood or adoption; or
  2. Her/His brother or sister of the whole or half-blood or by adoption; or
  3. Her/His stepchild or stepparent, while the marriage creating the relationship exists; or
  4. Her/His aunt, uncle, nephew or niece of the whole or half-blood.”

Now that you’re armed with this new knowledge, go forth and try not to laugh every time you think about marriage, whether it is your own or someone else. If you do laugh then pass on the information and share the laughter!

Security on Campus; changes that came and went

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    Scott Batsch is still patrolling campus under the new contract.

The two grants which had helped UCC provide a recovery advising specialist and a badge-wearing deputy, among other things, unexpectedly ended, leaving the college scrambling for new options.

These federal U.S. Department of Education SERV grants would have continued, but as Susan Taylor, executive director for the UCC Foundation, pointed out, the rules were difficult to understand, sometimes obtuse and difficult to follow correctly. Taylor recalled that it was “frustrating” to not understand some of the vague wording presented by the government.

While the two grants were lost, a new grant has helped to offset the losses.

Taylor helped bring a new grant that mitigated the loss of the first two. This new $1.28 million Department of Justice grant was received December, 2016, including approximately $209,000 to fund a victim advocate as well as an accommodations specialist, according to Taylor. While this grant will expire in the future, Taylor was optimistic that extensions are available.

This grant can last three years from the date of the original incident, so it still has time.

While UCC doesn’t currently have a grant director, Taylor is currently acting as interim until a new one is found as well as working as executive director of advancement and the UCC Foundation. “Ms. Taylor directed UCC and the Foundation’s efforts in raising $25 million in competitive grants since 2008,” according to UCC’s website.

The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office has contracted Scott Batsch to the campus on a part time basis. Returning students may remember Batsch from last year.

Harvey Day, one of UCC’s security officers, would also like students to know that campus security is always available. “We can’t do anything unless we know about it. Sometimes, we’re (security) the last to know about things,” Day said.

If something does need to be reported, Day wants students to take that initiative. Kathy Frazer, administrative secretary in the Warehouse, and Day also want students to know that Lost and Found is available through the Warehouse building located between Lockwood Hall and the Student Center.

Campus security can be reached at 541-440-7777.

While the loss of the two federal SERV grants has led to a change in the counselors on campus, that doesn’t mean that resources aren’t available. If students are feeling overwhelmed on campus, they can reach out to Veronica Joyce in ESB 13. The Resiliency Room is also available in ESB 8.

I can, you can stop domestic violence

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    Veronica Joyce and Missy Cox are two Battered Persons Advocacy employees. Joyce can help with housing, court, crisis and shelter information.
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    1 in 3 women, 1 in 4 men have been victims of (some form) of physical violence

It’s October. That also means that it is Domestic Violence Awareness month. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “nearly 1 in 4 women and 1 in 7 men have experienced severe physical violence by an intimate partner during their lifetime”. It is important to highlight the resources available to students in our community. While the former counseling services on campus are not currently being funded, the college has arranged for a life coach position, a victim services coordinator and a victim mental health therapist. Some of these positions are grant funded.

The life coach position offers short-term personal and crisis counseling, health and wellness advising, academic advising and student support. The position also provides resources and makes referrals to community partners.

The victim services coordinator, Veronica Joyce, is a former UCC student who also works with Battered Persons Advocacy. Funded through a grant, her position works in combination with the BPA, offering information about services such as housing options, case management, court advocacy, peer support, professional training, crisis intervention and safe emergency shelter. Joyce has joined campus in ESB 13.

Joyce was briefly located in the LaVerne Murphy Student Center before her move to ESB 13. She felt that her time in the Student Center helped educate as well as bring attention to how many people can be affected. “I talked with a 19-year-old girl who just walked up and asked ‘Why should I care.’ I talked to her for 45 minutes,” Joyce said.

Joyce also offers help with services that are less for crisis and more for healing such as a “Healing Art” workshop. These workshops are meant to help with the process of healing whether it is trauma, grief or something different entirely. While some people would think that this would not be for them and that they are not artistic, Joyce only has one piece of wisdom to offer; she used to think herself uncreative but, as Joyce put it, “I’m not creative; I’m not creative — then I discovered I was creative in other ways.”

More information about these workshops, as well as sign-ups, is available with Joyce in ESB 13.

Student Center Display, Resiliency Room

The glass case in the LaVerne Murphy Student Center is filled with domestic violence awareness material and facts. With a lot of purple and imagery of people who’ve been abused, it certainly catches the eye. The case demonstrates that this issue needs attention.

 

Another resource on campus is the Resiliency Room (ESB8). This room is open to all students who just need a place to get away and relax. It offers chairs, couches, quiet and a free book lending library. It is available during the day Monday through Friday.

Victim Services Coordinator Hours, Contact Info.

Joyce can be reached in her office Tuesdays and Thursdays 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and Wednesday 1:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. or by phone at 541-673-7867

The local BPA phone is 541-957-0288

The 24-hour BPA crisis line is 800-464-6543

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