I have 3 weeks left in my first semester at GCU and I have 3 weeks to move out if my appeal
does not work out. My girlfriend, Diamond, has the same sanction but has no
chance to appeal and has to move back to California while I stay and look for a
place locally. I am 19 and intern/volunteer a lot of my time away from campus,
helping refugees learn English, painting over graffiti, canvassing for political
campaigns and being involved in my community. I have always had a big heart and
put others before myself, it was how I was brought up by my single mother that
works three jobs.
I wanted a little background before I began since Grand Canyon University care
so little about who I am. I will try and summarize everything the best I can as
a first year communication major.
The first few weeks were okay, I live in triple occupancy (6 people share a
dorm, 2 rooms with 3 people each with a living room in-between) and thought my
two roommates were okay kids. [continued below]....
..... Sure they took all of the closet space, ate all
of my food, drank all of my water, and so much more but I want to keep this
short. The bottom-line was that they did drugs night and day, at first it was a
hookah and I was fine, they did it in the bathroom far away from me. But then
it moved into the room and I tried to ignore it. They were home schooled all
their lives and were trying to have fun while I tried to do my work.
Eventually, I moved into my girlfriend's dorm because her roommates said it was
okay since I already spent the majority of my time there every day, cleaned and
kept it tidy. I lived there for 2 weeks in secret since there is no co-ed and visitors
of the opposite sex are not allowed in the dorms past 11pm. The day I was told
to move back to my room because the RAs had become suspicious so I was about to
leave in a few hours when the RAs and security find me.
The RAs were teaching the new RAs and made all kinds of accusations of what would happen and caused a lot of stress on everyone. While we thought we were going to be fined $250
each, no one explained to us what would happen; we had to wait a week to just
tell our side of the story. I had no connection at this point and had to learn
everything from the girls. After the meeting and the school assessed the
situation, we were fined $100, 5 hours of chapel (an hour every Monday), 5
hours of therapy and 10 hours community service (none of the other community
services I did would not count, I had to apply to new ones and miss time with
my usual ones). I paid it all in full on time and went back to my room to live.
Seven weeks into the semester, my two roommates were snorting powder off the
desk, I found numerous baggies of a white substance when I cleaned and they constantly
came back 3 o'clock in the morning from parties and making noise without
I reported them and ten minutes later my room was filled with security, administrators
and they did a half-assed search. As soon as the security left with their hookah
and other belongings, my roommates went back and smoked some weed to relax. Security
never would have thought of to look in the Oreo bag on the desk that was full
of weed even after I told them where it was.
One of the two that were causing the trouble took all the blame and he was
fined, served community service hours and was moved to a different dorm. The
other remained and continued to do drugs and whatnot while glaring at me every
single day. I woke up to "snitches get stitches" and reported it. The
cop came up, too of it and "made the report" but nothing happened.
I now sleep on the floor of my friends room because I feel threatened every
time I walk into my room. The school said there was nothing they could do
unless he does something. While I suspect he has manipulated and stole my
things, I have no way to prove it since I no longer inhabit the room daily.
Now here is the most recent incident that took me off the residence list. Diamond had
reported the treatment from her roommates and they told her to move rooms and
there was nothing they could do. More drama ensued and the school did nothing,
then one night Diamond was crying herself to sleep and was at the point of
wanting to die. I was working at the time with my boss on the website we want
to launch and left immediately. Upon arriving to her dorms lobby, I searched
for a RD, RA or security and found none. I went up anyways and managed to get
into her room, passed her roommates without a word and hugged Diamond. She
calmed down and we went outside to talk. Security passed us and confirmed they
were looking for me, so I calmly went with them and spent 4 hours explaining
No one was harmed, I am a kind soul and would do anything to help someone. But the school
decided that my compassion is not worth keeping. I do understand I broke the
rules but it was to be there for someone, I was willing to accept more fines
and community service but instead I am faced with transferring schools because
I cannot afford to commute here every day.
This school does not take the time to understand anyone in any situation. My roommates did
hardcore drugs, had sex with their girlfriends in the room, and partied
constantly. They face almost no repercussions, while I act out of fear and
compassion. I suffer far greater for something that did no harm and no foul to
I am appealing the ruling for the mere fact I have nowhere else to go and I want to buy time
to organize myself and transfer with a decent record. I just hope anyone else
that thinks of going understand you are paying nearly 20k to be treated like a
child, learn high school material and be charged with fabricated nonsense.