A particular case of theft was brought to my attention over the last several days. Two girls had gone into the college bookstore and attempted to steal several textbooks, presumably for the upcoming semester. As one of the security guards attempted to stop them they ran away. One of the girls dropped her bag containing her student ID.
The information was researched and taken to the dean. Even though we were not going to prosecute for the attempted theft, we needed to handle the situation from an honor code standpoint. The girl was brought in, and the situation was discussed thoroughly.
As it turned out, the girl was having financial hardship, which is why she was in the college bookstore to steal, rather than to pay for the books. The girl that was with her was not under financial duress, she simply did not want to pay for the expensive textbooks. She wanted to spend the money on going out to bars and parties instead.
The end result was that both girls were dropped from their academic programs and not allowed back on the campus. The college bookstore took this as a learning opportunity to discuss and find ways to reduce the shoplifting and theft that was going on. Clearly having a security guard was not enough of a deterrent as both girls admitted this was not the first time they had come to the college bookstore to steal their textbooks.
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