No Camping in Faculty Offices

(Photo: Vernon Fowler)

(Photo: Vernon Fowler)

A student appears to have enclosed the commons: for the last two weeks, he has camped in a small public area in the vestibule of a suite of faculty offices, making it unusable for other students to meet in groups (its use in all previous years).  Believing that this is a public area, and absent my colleagues saying anything, I asked the chap to vacate the place to allow others to use it.  This is a classic case of the difficulty of maintaining property rights in a public setting with no way of enforcing public ownership other than moral suasion. This may be more of a problem in universities than in businesses, given what I find as the self-selection into faculty jobs of people who want to avoid confrontation.

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  1. mannyv says:

    Most faculty members are Democrats.

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  2. bob says:

    People in university faculty jobs need to grow a pair.

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  3. Gabe says:

    “This may be more of a problem in universities than in businesses, given what I find as the self-selection into faculty jobs of people who want to avoid confrontation.”
    Uh, no. It’s not a problem businesses because they are private and don’t have public spaces in the first place!

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