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What does it really mean to be banned?

There are distinct guidelines the Bradley University Police Department follows when they ban people from campus.

The earliest record of an individual being banned from Bradley’s campus occurred in 1972, according to the University’s Official Ban List. On that list, there are 575 records of people getting banned with five people recorded during 2016 so far.

“Typically, what happens is a person is banned [from campus] after they have been involved in a criminal act, or a criminal incident or some other type of incident that may not necessarily have been criminal but we no longer want the person on our property,” BUPD Chief Brian Joschko said.

Current students at Bradley normally do not get banned from campus by the BUPD, but are sent to the Office of Student Affairs and the student would be in consultation with the Vice President for Student Affairs.

“The police department does not have the authority to ban a student without input from the office of Student Affairs,” Joschko said.

When a non-student is banned, they are sent a letter stating the details of their ban from Bradley’s campus. However, individuals that are banned from campus are allowed to file appeals to the BUPD. Once the appeal is filed, they meet with Joschko.

“The individual would either write a letter or request to meet with me,” Joschko said. “I would meet with the individual and make some sort of determination based on the facts and circumstances.”

The BUPD can ban a person from campus or a Bradley-owned property. They can also choose to ban somebody from just part of the campus or the entire campus, but the majority of the time the BUPD bans people from the entire campus.

Joschko said the BUPD also has the authority to ban people from Campustown as well.

“We have an agreement in place with owners of Campustown that allow us to ban individuals from Campustown properties,” Joschko said. “When we do so, though, it has to be because the incident has something to do with Campustown.”

Additionally, BUPD has an agreement with the owners of Main Street Commons to ban individuals from the property. However, both Main Street Commons and Campustown ownership has the ability to overturn the ban at any time and would not have to file an appeal with Joschko.

Joschko said banned individuals who are found on campus will be subject to arrest for trespass.

“That doesn’t necessarily mean that they would actually be arrested for trespass,” Joschko said. “They are just subject to it, depending on the circumstances.”

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