Opinion

Punishment without explanation is not a lesson to learn

When we were young and did something wrong, most of our parents attempted to educate us through punishment. There would be an appropriate punishment telling us what we did wrong. That way, we would learn what behavior was unacceptable so that we can stray from repeating it. This is the normally accepted procedure to teach a lesson.

Apparently this is not always the case. It seems the disciplinarians at our university do not think this is the appropriate course of action for deterring and changing unacceptable behavior.

Last weekend, while I was home visiting family, I downloaded Limewire, not knowing it is not a good program to have or actually allowed on campus. Monday night, after downloading a couple of songs and hearing that it can be dangerous for your computer, I uninstalled it. I don’t need any trouble with my new laptop. Soon after that, I started noticing that my wireless connection was no longer working. I later realized it was only my laptop that was having trouble in my apartment, which is when I started to get worried.

Early Tuesday morning, I decided to call the I.T. department since nothing else was making my Internet work and I had a lot of things to get done. This is when I learned that my connection was fine, but my account had been disabled because they had detected Limewire in my system.

Being a student at a private university, I know and understand that I have chosen to abide by the rules and regulations the university lays down. Failing to do this will result in repercussions. This I understand and fully accept.

I’m not upset because I actually received the punishment designated for having broken this regulation. My issue here is that I didn’t even know I had broken a rule and was not made aware of the fact that I was receiving a punishment or repercussion in the first place. Since I was a little girl, my parents at least respected me enough and had the decency to tell me what I did wrong, what my punishment was, and maybe even explain why it is wrong. In this way I learned and chose myself not to do that again.

It is all about education. I am not a person who tends to break rules just for kicks. I do not believe myself to be reckless and unconcerned with rules and regulations. I try to abide by the laws that I subscribe to being a member of this university and this society. But even if I didn’t, I believe it is mere common courtesy to at least let the individual know that they are receiving repercussions and what they did to merit this. Would it really be so difficult to give the student a note? Send a warning email? Or get in touch with him or her somehow to let them know what is happening?

I guess a little respect for us as students and people who can make honest mistakes is all I’m asking for. Is it too much to ask?

Beni Yunis is a junior majoring in communication studies and international studies. She may be contacted at b.yunis@umiami.edu

January 30, 2007

Reporters

The Miami Hurricane

Student newspaper at the University of Miami


Around the Web
  • Miami Herald
  • UM News
  • HurricaneSports

It was a good day for the Miami Hurricanes basketball team. They moved up to No. 6 in the AP Top 25 ...

Erykah Davenport and Shaneese Bailey made key plays back-to-back late in the game and four players s ...

1. MARLINS: Jeter's Fish trade Gordon. Stanton next?: While others spend -- like the Angels to ...

A six-pack of Hurricanes notes on a Thursday: ▪ With the first ever early signing period just two we ...

University of Miami coach Mark Richt and Wisconsin coach Paul Chryst sat on a stage poolside at the ...

Daniela Deu was drawn to both architecture and urbanism, believes architecture can change communitie ...

Canes Basketball player development assistant will graduate with MSED in Sport Administation. ...

UOnline graduate will earn his M.S. in Health Informatics ...

Seeking a college experience within a diverse community, this graduate found her home away from home ...

Graduating with Comedic Timing ...

Hurricanes earn highest ranking since March 2013. ...

Walker IV recorded a career-high 26 points, seven rebounds in the win over Boston U. ...

The University of Miami women's basketball team earned an impressive 65-54 win over No. 20/23 K ...

Miami senior wide receiver Braxton Berrios, a double major in finance and entrepreneurship, was name ...

After its longest break of the season thus far, the University of Miami women's basketball team ...

TMH Twitter Feed
About TMH

The Miami Hurricane is the student newspaper of the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Fla. The newspaper is edited and produced by undergraduate students at UM and is published weekly in print on Tuesdays during the regular academic year.