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Guest v. Hansen

Failed Efforts to Obtain Justice-

But, What is Learned about Colleges' Responsibility for Student Safety?

For over five years, justice was sought for the obvious failings of Paul Smith’s College that lead to the tragedies of the weekend of February 5/6, 2005.  That pursuit for justice has now ended with an adverse decision from the US Second Circuit Court of Appeals.  The Court held that the College had no legal duty to intervene when witnessed to extremely dangerous activities involving scores of students.  However, the factual background in the Court’s opinion clearly shows that the College’s actions were not without fault, but can be said to be extremely negligent, if not legally, surely morally.

The following links to the relevant documentation will allow each to judge as to whether Paul Smith's College was responsible for allowing the dangerous activities to continue and the resultant tragic loss of two young lives.

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In loving Memory of Kristine Guest

   
  Circumstances Leading to Fatal Crash
Photos-Proximity of bon fire  to campus
 
 

Governmental Failure to Enforce Failure to Enforce Federal Law to Protect Students-Confirmed-see IG Report-3/14/12