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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:

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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.

And how about NH TITLE LXII CRIMINAL CODE CHAPTER 644 BREACHES OF THE PEACE AND RELATED OFFENSES Section 644:2?:

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:

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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.

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