Oh, you don’t think the University would side with this enemy of ours, that he be allowed to graduate with his PhD? We are stupid in the US.
The university doesn’t issue the visas, it just provides the students with a document they need to apply for a visa. I have no doubt the university would side with our enemy, but there IS a way to get rid of him legally.
Father pleads for justice in son's suspension By Sarah Michalos 08/02/06
B.K. Subbarao isn't trying to argue for his son's innocence. He doesn't want to cause trouble with the University. He just wants Purdue officials to admit when they're wrong. "I'm not here to say my son is innocent, I'm not here to plead his case," Subbarao said. "I don't want sympathy; I want justice."
Subbarao's son, graduate student Vikram Buddhi, was suspended from the University in April after being arrested on April 14 on charges of threatening to kill President Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney and their wives and threatening to use explosives.
On July 19, Buddhi was released on $100,000 bond by a Hammond, Ind., judge after Subbarao, a decorated captain in the Indian Navy, vouched that his son was not a flight risk. Buddhi was ordered to reside with his father and not use the Internet while he awaits his Aug. 15 trial.
Subbarao said he believes the University violated regulations pertaining to its disciplinary action against Buddhi and has exchanged e-mails with and met with several officials. On July 24, in an e-mail to Michael Brzezinski, director of international students and scholars program, Subbarao said the conditions of Buddhi's bond are that he must either maintain or actively seek employment, or maintain or commence an education program.
"My son has been here teaching for nine years and he's made some kind of contribution, however humble it may be," Subbarao said. In order to work legally, Buddhi must have a student visa, but his expired on May 14. Joe Bennett, vice president for University Relations, said Buddhi's visa renewal was denied because he was not in good standing. "Under federal regulations, he must be a student in good standing for the University to authorize that," Bennett said. "Therefore, he's not in that status and it was not possible f
or the University to extend his student status for his visa."
Under the second condition of the bond release, Buddhi must maintain or commence an education program. His status is still suspended, Bennett said, and that cannot change until he schedules a hearing with the University.
"That can only be addressed through a hearing, which the University is prepared to hold," he said.
Subbarao said Buddhi was advised by his attorney, John Martin, to exercise his Fifth Amendment right and not speak to University officials as it may have an effect on his federal trial. Therefore, there will not be a hearing scheduled until Buddhi decides to speak with officials.
Bennett said, however, that the University and the kernal process are two different things. "They're completely seperate ... the hearing still has to happen and the University process must be completed; they can't be without a hearing," he said.
Another of Subbarao's concerns is that his son was ruled to not be a threat by the federal court, yet Purdue will not use that ruling to guide its own disciplinary action. "The ruling is something that obligates him to meet certain criteria, but does not obligate the University in any way," Bennett said.
Although Subbarao said he will continue to work to have his son's status restored, Bennett said the process is at a standstill. "Purdue has followed its policies and procedures correctly and obeyed the law in all actions related to the case."