Every week, Quinnipiac University shows up in newspapers on the East Coast. The most likely reason for the name appearing is a citation to a poll completed by the excellent Quinnipiac Polling Institute. If it’s not that, then it is the aggressively competitive Quinnipiac sports teams.
Unfortunately, the most recent sports news out of Quinnipiac is the story of two basketball players who have been arrested for sexually assaulting and urinating on a young woman. I suspect that the university will be doing everything possible to minimize the public discussion of this event. But I’m not sure that is appropriate. We should recognize the shame that this brings to our community, and we should do something about it. To my mind, the only appropriate response is to dismiss the two students immediately.
I fail to see why any other approach is appropriate. One of the players has been suspended for the rest of the season. This suggests to me that the university finds his behavior unbecoming of a basketball player, but a relatively minor issue when it comes to his status as a student. I think the difficult, but appropriate, response in this case is not to be quiet about it, but to be noisy. I think this would be an excellent opportunity to make a very public statement about the university and where our priorities are. We should take this shameful act, and publicly condemn it, and demonstrate that while other universities might consider this behavior worthy of a hand-slap, we consider it to be against the core values of community that make up our institution.
That would be a much more appropriate response. I am sorry to say that I doubt it will be the stance taken by Quinnipiac.