Well.  I think back on the embarassment and shame that I felt when I lost a book from the library.  Do we need to hold students accountable?  Yes.  Do we need to hold them accountable for their entire career as a student?  No.  So I don’t.  I give students another chance to redeem themselves.  I mean lets face it, if a student has not returned an item for over 2 years, chances are you are not getting that item back.  Chances are you are never seeing it again.  And what is the real damage?  A taxpayer’s funds go back to the taxpayers.  Or, depending on the age of the item, you could look at it like dispersing the older material.  Perhaps the real fine for not returning an item should be that you can only take out items that were published before 1990.  Pay up or read old material. . .


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