By Michael McFarland
It’s been only three semesters since the College Commons reopened its doors after extensive renovation and already unwelcome litterbugs have overcome it, leaving behind a wake of debris.
“There are tons of trash cans all over campus, but kids eat their lunch, walk away, and leave their leftovers on the floor and don’t even bother to throw it away,” said Amy Sisler, at senior at LCCC. “When you eat in your home, you don’t throw everything on the floor. So why do that here?”
Several students of LCCC have been neglecting to throw away their own trash, leaving behind a littered campus. To keep up with the demand, Physical Plant has placed additional trash receptacles in high traffic areas and has ordered custodians to empty them every half hour. Despite the numerous trashcans, the litter still manages to dominate the campus.
“I’m not asking students to take on the job duties of the janitors. All I’m saying is that they clean up after themselves and have some consideration for the school,” said a disgusted Sisler. “Students need to start taking more pride in their school and learn about what it means to live in a clean environment. Many students are here five days a week, seven hours a day. To many, this place is pretty much a second home.“
While carelessness may seem like a small problem, it certainly carries huge consequences. At LCCC littering on the college premises is considered a violation of the campus code of conduct Section VI on prohibited behavior. It states “damage to or littering on college premises or properties owned or leased by the college could warrant suspension, expulsion, or dismissal.”
Under the Ohio Revised Code (ORC 3767.32), littering carries a fine of up to $500 and 60 days in jail regardless of whether or not it was intentional.
For more information on campus policies and the student code of conduct, you can log on to the LCCC website and click on Campus Security.