Teen Cancer Patient Refuses Chemotherapy

In September, a 17 year old in Connecticut, Cassandra C., was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma. When her doctor signed her up for chemotherapy, she refused to accept the chemotherapy treatment. The Department of Families and Children stepped in and forced Cassandra to take the chemotherapy. The family took the dispute to court in April and the court ruled in favor of the hospital saying that "she is not mature enough to make her own medical decisions." Cassandra has now finished her chemotherapy rounds and her cancer is now in remission. The family is still upset about how it all went down, Cassandra said that "being forced to do chemotherapy traumatized me."

http://abcnews.go.com/Health/conn-supreme-court-rules-17-year-cancer-patient/story?id=28093594

Williamson County Judge Faces Gun Charges

In April, Williamson County Judge, Tim Wright, was indicted on nine federal charges, including three counts of selling a firearm to a prohibited person, who he had reasonable cause to believe was a convicted felon. He also is being charged with several counts of smuggling guns into the country and also lying to federal agents. Wright faces a total of up to 70 years in prison for his crimes.

http://www.statesman.com/news/news/crime-law/williamson-county-judge-timothy-wright-indicted/nkpW4/

Supreme Court decision over death penalty

In 1978, 21 year old Karol Hurst, who was 7 months pregnant, was murdered by Freddie L Hall. Hall was ordered to be executed by the state of Florida but under examination of Hall, he was pronounced mentally unstable. Executing a mentally unstable person would be an unconstitutional violation of the 8th amendment. Hall has been on death row for 35 years and still waits as the Supreme Court analyzes the Florida procedure for identifying mentally retarded defendants and whether they meet the standards that previous similar court cases have established.

http://blog.constitutioncenter.org/2014/03/court-tackles-intellectual-disability-and-the-death-penalty-on-monday/

University of Texas

You may see or hear of other students engaging in some form of academic dishonesty. If so, do not assume that this misconduct is tolerated. Such violations are, in fact, regarded very seriously, often resulting in severe consequences.

Grade-related penalties are routinely assessed ("F" in the course is not uncommon), but students can also be suspended or even permanently expelled from the University for scholastic dishonesty.

Other potential consequences can be particularly far-reaching, such as the creation of a disciplinary record that may very well impact future opportunities.

Furthermore, incidents of scholastic dishonesty diminish the overall value of scholastic achievements on this campus and reflect poorly on the University.

When grades on assignments and exams reflect dishonest efforts rather than legitimate accomplishments, the academic progress of those students cannot be measured accurately and, in turn, any degrees awarded to them cannot reliably or fully attest to their actual scholastic achievements. The potential consequences of fraudulent credentials raise additional concerns for individuals and communities beyond campus who rely on institutions of higher learning to certify students' academic achievements, and expect to benefit from the claimed knowledge and skills of their graduates.

Engaging in dishonest behavior is simply not worth the risks of jeopardizing your academic career & gambling with your future!

The value of a University of Texas degree is also inherently connected to the prestige of this institution and its academic units—colleges and schools, departments and individual degree programs. So the accrued costs of any damage to their earned reputations can adversely affect you and other students who someday will compete for jobs and/or admission into graduate programs or professional schools.

Altogether, these and other concerns reinforce and assure the University's serious interest in confronting academic dishonesty and holding students accountable for any such violations.

http://deanofstudents.utexas.edu/sjs/acadint_conseq.php

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