IRVINE, California – The first Student Conduct letter for budget-related actions was delivered by email today, to Graduate student John Bruning, for alleged violations occurring on November 24, 2009, at UCI’s Aldrich Hall, and March 3, 2010, at Cal State Fullerton. Bruning was arrested on the first occasion after allegedly–and according to the arresting officers–pounding on a glass door, after police had closed the administration building (including Financial Aid and the Registrar) to the public during a rally against police brutality at UCLA. The second date refers to the Humanities Building “reclamation” at CSU Fullerton, where participants were detained, issued stay-away orders, and told they were being released without charges, but just last week were informed they were being charged with trespassing.
The letter follows threats of disciplinary actions–including expulsion–against the Irvine 11, and Student Conduct actions against over 100 students at UC Berkeley and UC Santa Cruz. This may be the first case of a California university disciplining a student activist for participating in actions off-campus.
The letter cites allegations “that you have violated the following University policies specified in the University of California Policies Applying to Campus Activities, Organizations, and Students” on campus, and “in accordance with our Off-Campus Behavior Policy (101.00a)”, listed in detail below.
Update (4/20): Four additional UCI students have received disciplinary letters, solely for their involvement in the Fullerton action, on the grounds of Sections 102.04, 102.06, and 102.24. This is going even beyond disciplinary threats against the 3 UC Riverside arrested at the Irvine 11 action, by holding students subject to academic disciplinary action for participation in protests at other, and non-UC, campuses.
Section 102.04: “Theft of, conversion of, destruction of, or damage to any property of the University, or any property of others while on University premises, or possession of any property when the student had knowledge or reasonably should have had knowledge that it was stolen.”
Section 102.06: “Unauthorized entry to, possession of, receipt of, or use of any University services; equipment; resources; or properties, including the University’s name, insignia, or seal.”
Section 102.08: “Physical abuse including but not limited to, sexual assault, sex offenses, and other physical assault; threats of violence; or other conduct that threatens the health or safety of any person. (See Appendix E).”
Section 102.14: “Disorderly or lewd conduct.”
Section 102.15: “Participation in a disturbance of the peace or unlawful assembly.”
Section 102.16: “Failure to identify oneself to, or comply with the directions of, a University official or other public official acting in the performance of his or her duties while on University property or at official University functions; or resisting or obstructing such University or other public officials in the performance of or the attempt to perform their duties.”
Section 102.24: “Violation of local, state, or federal laws otherwise not covered under these standards of conduct.”