Friday, January 6, 2012

Debauchery

During third year of med school, one student in my class named Alex decided to have a big party at his house and invited about twenty other guys from our class. He also decided to hire some strippers to come to this party. And naturally, word spreads fast when you’re having a stripper party, so everyone pretty much knew about it.

A few other (mainly female) students in the class were enraged by Alex’s party. They reported him to the dean and to our honor code committee, and said that his behavior was unprofessional for a future doctor. They demanded that disciplinary action should be taken against him.

A friend of mine was at the party and said that while there were strippers there, it wasn’t that debaucherous a party. Meaning, I don’t know what exactly. I guess no strippers were accidentally murdered and buried in the woods during the party?

Anyway, I don’t know the exact outcome of the situation, but I very much doubt any major disciplinary action was taken, since Alex matched in one of the top residency programs in the country in a super competitive field.

What do you think? Should Alex have gotten in trouble for his stripper party?

25 comments:

  1. Of course not.
    Had the stripper been invited to the med school, then the honor code committee would have some say in the matter.
    What happens at home, stays at home.

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  2. Exactly as Asad said: the school has no right to police you in your personal time.

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  3. That's ridiculous. Have you ever hired a stripper before? They dance for you, maybe give lap dances, but the men aren't actually allowed or supposed to touch them. It equates to mostly naked dancing, minimal contact. Look, don't touch. He probably could have gotten some drunken freshmen girls to do more than that for free (the cost of too much beer). Whoever got bent out of shape about this sounds like a real prude.

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  4. I can understand the frustration; a student is a representative of the school he/she attends so to speak. However, unless Alex happened to come to the class/clinic hungover or obnoxiously bragging, it is none of the school's business.

    I wouldn't do anything like that, but then again I'm also an antisocial nerd. >:)

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  5. If Alex wasn't using school property, or committing a crime, than it isn't the school's business.

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  6. I don't think it was any of the school's business. That being said, it wouldn't have surprised me if they had made it their business, since a student's behavior off campus can still reflect poorly on the school. I'm assuming this was pre-facebook? I could also see the school getting bent out of shape over "debaucherous" photographs posted on line. Not saying it's right, just saying it wouldn't surprise me.

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  7. I find the idea of men hiring strippers to be pretty disgusting and demeaning to women, but I agree that it isn't really the school's business.

    Did he match to plastics, by chance?

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  8. For the record, I personally could not have cared less that Alex had a stripper party.

    Solitary: No, but you're not far off...

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  9. Good one SD. Never understood the idea of hiring strippers, getting all worked up and then what? As haven said most have a policy of looking, but not touching. Would have been better having a partying and inviting a few ungrad co-eds.

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  10. Were the others put out that they were left out of said party even if it was a stripper party? I can't see a reason why he should get into trouble unless it was a school related activity. Seems like some of the ladies got fired up over nothing. While I personally am not a huge stripper fan myself..to each their own.

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  11. The same thing (almost) happened during my first year of med school. Some rogues hired a "stripper" (who didn't do anything you can't see on TV today) to wish a friend "Happy Birthday" in the middle of class.

    The ladies (and most of the guys for that matter)of the class were outraged, and called a class meeting to discuss the situation. The fellows responsible apologized, and that was the end of that.

    Apparently, some things never change...

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  12. I suppose it depends on the nature of the school's honor code. If the honor code which the student body agrees to has a clause that prohibits that sort of off-campus behavior, then the school probably has a legitimate point. One can definitely argue the validity of such a clause - honor codes in general seem stupid to me - but if he agreed to it, then the school has every right to have gotten bent out of shape.

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  13. well I know what I'm doing after the exam next week.

    /just kidding

    //maybe

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  14. if stripper parties were a crime, I'd be in prison already for way worse. :)

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  15. One of the internal medicine docs at my hospital WORKED as a stripper through med school. (this came to be somewhat public knowledge after she graduated)

    I think Alex is in the clear.

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  16. Dalai - Hiring a stripper to come to class would be a completely different issue. In that case, I would absolutely expect the school to step in and discipline the student.

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  17. No. What he does off campus, out of medical school, is entirely his business. He has not indulged in any illegal activity by throwing a party. Nor is hiring strippers illegal. Why punish him for something that isnt a crime?

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  18. Nope. None of their beeswax as long as all participants were of the age of consent.

    After all, legislating morality and sexuality is a slippery slope.

    Now if he was using med school funds, or inviting on duty employees, or using med school property they'd have a right to object.

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  19. agree with @mmmcdowe - this has ortho written all over it. visiting strip joints is an essential part of their yearly meetings.

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  20. Nope, not ortho. EVEN WORSE.

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