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No Charges For BLM Confirmed (Again)
Meg Ramsden ‘87, Assistant Director of Alumni Relations, has been writing to alumni to inform them that the BLM protesters who invaded the library and screamed racist epithets at studying students will not be sanctioned by the College:
So, first-year law students, just what principle are we to derive from Ms. Ramsden’s tortured logic: that any group can invade the library and verbally insult students who otherwise were calmly and quietly studying there?
Does such aggressive behavior not violate Standard VIII of the Dartmouth Community Standards of Conduct, which includes a prohibition on:
…conduct (including by way of example, obstruction, noise, or the display of banners or objects) that prevents or disrupts the effective carrying out of a College function or approved activity, such as classes, lectures, meetings, interviews, ceremonies, and public events.
644:2 Disorderly Conduct. - A person is guilty of disorderly conduct if:
(c) Disrupting any lawful assembly or meeting of persons without lawful authority…
Drawing from the language of the statute, the website Criminal Defense Lawyer defines the infraction as follows, and notes attempts at constitutional exceptions to it:
If the College Republicans are still in a playful mood, they might go nuts in Baker night after night and see how the administration reacts. Will Meg and the lawyers who wrote her letter still believe that high-volume, in-your-face behavior falls under the principle that “In an academic institution, however, freedom of speech is mission critical.”
Addendum: An alumnus writes in:
Isn’t the library considered a “safe place” for everyone and free from “trigger” events? Ha. The pretzel logic of the no punishment explanation is offensive to anyone who managed to obtain a degree from this institution. On the other hand it squares nicely with Phil’s use of the words “diversity” and “inclusive” and their various iterations 22 times in his one page letter to the community. Phil’s apparent lack of any redeeming feature causes one to truly wonder how on earth he was ever hired for this role.
Addendum: As does another:
And so I guess it’s OK if the incident in question occurs again … and again … and again in Baker Library (or in some other college building/setting, as long as no one is physically harmed). And if the conduct in question is OK in Baker, I guess it is also OK in the stands at any of the College’s sporting events, so long as no one is physically harmed.
My guess is that had someone been physically harmed at Baker, or is physically harmed during some future incident, a way will be found to justify the “hitter, pusher, etc.” as being provoked.
As I see it, the College’s leaders are straining really, really hard to find a way not to do what is right, proper and courageous in this case … and it is only a matter of time before this “do nothing” approach bites them in the butt.
August 14, 2013
Breaking: Of Crips and Bloods and Memories of Ghetto Parties
History repeats itself, first as tragedy and then as farce, or sometimes it just repeats itself. From the New York Times on November 30, 1998: At Dartmouth College, white students at a ”ghetto party” dressed…
June 25, 2013
Dean of the College Charlotte Johnson’s War on Students Part (2/2)
Part 1, Part 2 Today’s post again recounts the events that befell the Freshman. However, the content of the Hanover Police department report reproduced in this space yesterday is supplemented by information from my own…
October 18, 2009
When Love Beckoned in 52nd Street
We were at San Francisco’s BIX last evening, enjoying prosecco, cheese, and a bit of music. A full year of inhabitation in Northern California has unraveled to me no decent venue for proper lounging, but…
October 9, 2009
D Afraid of a Little Competish
So our colleague and Dartblog writer Joe Asch informed me that the D has rejected our cunning advertising campaign. Uh-oh. The Dartmouth is widely known as a breeding ground for instant New York Times successes,…
September 4, 2009
How Regents Should Reign
As Dartmouth alumni proceed through the legal hoops necessary to defuse a Board-packing plan—which put in unhappy desuetude an historic 1891 Agreement between alumni and the College guaranteeing a half-democratically-elected Board of Trustees—it strikes one…
August 29, 2009
Election Reform Study Committee
If you are an alum of the College on the Hill, you may have received a number of e-mails of late beseeching your input for a new arm of the College’s Alumni Control Apparatus called…
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- 2007 Trustee Election
- Dartmouth Constitution
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- The Indian Wars
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