Student journalist Josh Wolf’s “punishment,” issued by a UC Berkeley disciplinary panel for his presence at the Wheeler Hall occupation in 2009, clearly delineates the university’s position that student journalists are merely students and not journalists. This position of the university hampers student journalists’ ability to report the news accurately and fully.
As a result of appeals to the student judicial committee, some students are no longer being held monetarily responsible for damages to Kerr Hall incurred during the November 2009 occupation. These decisions come after public objection to the university’s judicial processes.
Members of the campus community speak out at the Academic Senate Meeting about making Narrative Evaluations optional, and Judicial Proceedings regarding Kerr Hall.
As debate over the controversial judicial actions taken by the university against Kerr Hall protestors continues, over 100 faculty members step up on behalf of the students. City on a Hill Press stands with the professors and lecturers who demand review of the Student Code of Conduct and change that would guarantee the constitutional right of due process to university students.
Thirty-five students are now responsible for a payment to the university of nearly $1,000 each to cover the damages to Kerr Hall.
Prosecution of student journalists cannot and will not be tolerated.
Judicial summons have been issued to 45 students in response to the 66-hour occupation of Kerr Hall, an office building that houses high-level UCSC administrators including Chancellor George Blumenthal and Executive Vice Chancellor David Kliger.