UC Riverside 'Task Force' on free speech and assembly to meet on Jan 06, 2012 Jan 5. 2012 | Comments (17)
UC Riverside Task Force on free speech and assembly and to rewrite protest guidelines, whose members were invited and appointed by Chancellor Time White, will meet on Jan 06, 2012 (Friday) at room 0154 Hinderaker Hall.
Time White issued two letters on Jan 03, 2012, first addressing to the entire campus community on the meeting of the 'Task Force', and second only to the members of the 'Task Force'. In the first letter to the entire campus, he did NOT disclose the meeting time or venue. Neither did he mention that he has invited Chris Edley, the Dean of UC Berkeley School of Law to this meeting. In his second letter to only the 'Task Force' members, he said Chris Edley will tell us about 'the complexity of managing such events [protests]' . See his letters below.
The Task Force consists of 3 students, among 19 in total (4 students were invited and one declined).
This meeting is not open to the public.
Tim White's first letter to the entire campus:
To the Faculty, Staff and Students of UCR,
In December, I wrote you indicating that I was assembling a diverse UCR Task Force on Speech and Assembly, and that I would publicize the membership once it was established (my December 13th letter is attached below for your convenience):
I am delighted to report to you the following individuals comprise the Task Force:
Susan Allen-Ortega, Dean of Students
Gary Coyne, GSA Representative
Steve Cullenberg, Professor and Dean of CHASS
John Freese, UCR Assistant Chief of Police
Mary Gauvain, Professor and Chair of the UCR Academic Senate
Cindy Giorgio, Associate Chancellor
James Grant, AVC for Strategic Communications
Dan Hare, Professor and Chair of the Academic Senate Committee on Faculty Welfare
Peter Hayashida, VC of Advancement
Stephanie Kay (invited but not confirmed), Coalition of Unions Representative and Lecturer
Mike Lane, UCR Chief of Police
Jadie Lee, Director of Labor Relations
Stephen Lee, ASUCR President
Tom Lutz, Professor
Patricia Morton, Professor
James Phillips, undergraduate student
Dallas Rabenstein, Provost and EVC
Jim Sandoval, VC of Student Affairs
Guanyang Zhang (invited but not confirmed) [declined], graduate student
Our first meeting will be this Friday. If you would like your thoughts to be presented to the members, please submit to email@example.com by this Thursday January 5th by 3 pm.
Following our deliberations, we will post our work-product that suggests any proposed updates, changes and/or clarifications to our campus procedures and policies to provide opportunity for further public comment before finalization and adoption of our work.
Tim White's second letter to only the 'Task Force' members:
Dear Task Force Member,
Thank you again for agreeing to serve on the UCR Task Force on Speech and Assembly. Our first meeting will be this Friday from 9 AM to 12 noon. We will meet in the basement conference room of Hinderaker Hall (room 0154; light refreshments will be available).
I have attached an agenda for our working meeting, and ask each of you to give thought and advance preparation to a short (2-3 minutes) presentation statement to the entire task force on the question raised on the agenda. I seek for every voice to be heard. The limitation of time leads to the request to give your succinct thoughts advance preparation.
I have also invited Chris Edley to join us, and I am delighted that he has agreed. Chris will bring a view and a voice from outside Riverside and within UC, as he is the Honorable William H. Orrick, Jr. Distinguished Chair and Dean of the UC Berkeley School of Law.
I invited Chris because he will bring clairvoyance about universities and the positive power of protest and social movement, as well as insights into the complexity of managing such ‘events’ in real time. He also brings a deep understanding of the law, not as a lawyer per se in managing/limiting campus risk, but rather as a faculty member and colleague. He has also lived through the best and the worst of protests and assemblies at Berkeley, so he can share his perspective of what factors make things work out for all involved; and what factors can get the situation sideways in a hurry.
I have asked Chris to participate fully in this first meeting by providing some opening thoughts, closing reflections, and to comment and learn with us during the course of the morning.
Consistent with my note to the campus in December, I will also be releasing to campus the names of the task force members, via email and posting at our website.