Last night I was speaking with a Northeastern University student whom I know through a group with which I volunteer. We were chatting about various areas of Roxbury and Mission Hill. He was mentioning where fellow students of his live and which businesses he frequents, and I was talking about where friends of mine live and in which neighborhoods we had looked at houses before finding ours. While discussing various areas, this student mentioned that while he was a freshman, the Northeastern University police stated during a mandatory safety lecture that "if we find any of you over there [near one of the Boston Housing Authority developments], we'll pick you up and you'll be in a lot of trouble."
How is this legal? Or ethical? I mean, it's one thing for schools like George Fox and Bob Jones to have very strict policies regulating students' lives and to require them to sign out to leave campus and to abide by a code of conduct at all times. But students attending these types of schools enroll with the knowledge that these schools are restrictive and are choosing to, well, be restricted. As far as I know, Northeastern is not such a school, and does not generally place restrictions on what students do on their own time. But apparently their police department finds it appropriate to threaten to discipline students for visiting friends or family members who live on a certain street, or for taking babysitting or cleaning jobs on a certain street, or for simply going for a walk where they wish to.
I didn't find anything about this restriction on their website, but I would really like to know if this is an official school policy. If it is, I'd like to encourage individuals who live in this particular development to enroll in classes at Northeastern and see what happens when they walk home after class.