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Resolution Condemning Charges Against Twelve Rutgers Students and Changes to the University Disruption Policy

Submitted by bencarroll on Thu, 05/03/2018 - 12:08

Whereas, Rutgers has proudly and publicly acknowledged their revolutionary history since the marking of its 250th Anniversary in 2016; and

Whereas, Rutgers proudly cites on a regular basis student involvement in campus and community activism over the years; and

Whereas, Rutgers recently affirmed to high school activists in a February 26, 2018 Tweet that their peaceful protests would not negatively impact admission decisions at the university; and

Whereas, President Barchi has on a number of occasions publicly commented and written to the university community expressing support for free speech rights on campus; and

Whereas, Rutgers recently sponsored a one-day national conference on March 27, 2018 that affirmed the right to free speech on campus; and

Whereas, there are campaigns at the national, state, community and campus levels for a $15 minimum wage; and

Whereas, the Rutgers United Students Against Sweatshops (USAS) peacefully protested the lack of a $15 minimum wage on campus for all workers, including student workers, at the December 12 Board of Trustees meeting; and

Whereas, the Rutgers AAUP-AFT stands in defense of academic freedom, free speech and a $15 minimum wage for all campus workers, including students;

Therefore Be It Resolved, that the Rutgers AAUP-AFT condemns the university administration’s heavy-handedness in charging twelve students after the fact for its peaceful protest on a matter that they feel strongly; and

Be it Further Resolved, that we call on President Barchi, Chancellor Dutta, and the Board of Governors to drop the three charges against these twelve Rutgers students and USAS members that are now pending before the New Brunswick Municipal Court; and

Be it Further Resolved, that the Board of Governors rescind the changes to the campus disruption policy that were adopted on April 6, 2017 without prior discussion or debate with students, staff or faculty; and

Be it Further Resolved, that President Barchi and the Chancellors provide satisfactory mechanisms on each campus and at the university-wide level for students and student organizations to freely and fairly express their views to the administration on matters of importance to them on a regular basis that is communicated to all students.

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