UCR Protest Guidelines 'removed' Dec 14. 2011 | Comments (3)
The UCR Chancellor issued a letter this afternoon to announce the removal of the Protest Guidelines.
The university 'Protest Guidelines' page is now 'under construction'.
In his letter, White says "the document does not accurately reflect UC Riverside’s demonstrated commitment to free expression and peaceful, non-violent protest".
White '[r]egret[s] any confusion and discontent caused by the document'. He says, '[t]he document and its posting were not worthy of this great university'.
White says 'the formation of a task force to review and rewrite our rules of assembly' is 'appropriate'. Members of this task force will be selected by invitation.
See White's letter here:
Members of the UCR Community,
I have directed that the draft “protest guidelines” recently posted on our web pages be removed.
It is clear that the document does not accurately reflect UC Riverside’s demonstrated commitment to free expression and peaceful, non-violent protest. We were in error to post guidelines that neither comport with our values nor reflect the realities of how the campus exercises the right to free speech.
We fully understand that most protests and demonstrations are spontaneous, and are in response to current events. At UCR, we have a long history of accommodating such demonstrations, most recently last month, when I engaged with several hundred students, faculty, staff, and community members at the Bell Tower to publicly discuss the “occupy movement.”
In an open letter sent yesterday, I announced the formation of a task force to review and rewrite our rules of assembly as appropriate for an institution committed to free speech and devoted to the discovery and sharing of knowledge and ideas.
I regret any confusion and discontent caused by the document. The document and its posting were not worthy of this great university. We will move forward in the open, collaborative manner that has been the foundation of our campus throughout its history.
Timothy P. White