By Belle Eve Inmie
A number of senior students at Almost College have been placed on an academic hold, which has implications for their planned graduation.
The question involves unpaid fees that have accumulated throughout the four-year career of each individual student. The charges are a result of library late fees, as the students’ enjoyment in books such as “Harry Potter” and “Divergent” may lead to their utter downfall as Almost College graduates.
Of the seven students whose diplomas are currently withheld, the fees have reached a staggering $34.25, which comes out to a little more than $3 per student.
The college is in the process of reviewing each case to determine whether or not more serious punishment needs to be sought. A meeting was held with the Almost College Disciplinary Board shortly after the accusations were made. An anonymous college board member felt that the “irresponsible” students showed “poor character” and were not deserving of a highly touted Almost College diploma.
To the troubling report, Andrew Short (’14), one of the delinquents, responded, “It’s not fair. I worked as hard as any student in my time here. When I was informed of this news, I immediately broke down into tears.”