Campus 101: Decision Regarding MSU Appeal


The decision regarding MSU’s suspension at UCI has been finalized by UCI Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, Manuel Gomez, as follows according to an email from the student affairs department at UCI:

The Muslim Student Union (MSU) at UC Irvine received notice this week of the
outcome of the appeals process following disciplinary measures imposed last
spring resulting from the group’s disruption of a campus speaker and other
violations of the campus code of conduct.

The MSU had appealed the decision, recommended after an in-depth
adjudication process undertaken by the Office of Student Affairs that found
that the group’s actions surrounding the February 8, 2010 speech on campus
by Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren had violated campus code of conduct
policies.

After an additional two-month process that included meetings with officers
of the MSU as well as the careful review of new evidence, Vice Chancellor
for Student Affairs Manuel Gomez affirmed that the MSU violated the campus
code of conduct, and imposed the following sanctions:

The organization is suspended through December 31, 2010 and must complete a
collective 100 hours of community service at which time they can request
reinstatement. Following this, the organization will be placed on probation
for two years. The organization’s leaders will meet monthly with the
Director of Student Conduct for one year.

This process has been exhaustive and detailed. The sanctions described above
reflect the need for appropriate discipline following the violations of
campus policy, while recognizing the role of the University in educating
students in and outside of the classroom.

The sanctions described herein apply to the organization as a whole, and do
not address disciplinary processes for individuals in this incident. Under
federal law the University is prohibited from releasing information on
individual student disciplinary matters.

“This has been a difficult decision,” said Gomez. “But in the end, this
process demonstrates the University of California Irvine’s commitment to
values, principles and tolerance. Although this has been a challenging
experience for all involved, I am confident that we will continue to move
forward as a stronger, more respectful university community.”

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One response to “Campus 101: Decision Regarding MSU Appeal

  1. UC Berkeley Vice Chancellor for student affairs needs to place this issue on his/her agenda: students are the victim’s.A legacy of waste in UC Berkeley Chancellor’s Office: easily grasped by the public, lost on University of California’s President Yudof.
    The UC Berkley budget gap has grown to $150 million, & still the Chancellor is spending money that isn’t there on $3,000,000 consultants. His reasons range from the need for impartiality to requiring the consultants “thinking, expertise, & new knowledge”.
    Does this mean that the faculty & management of UC Berkeley – flagship campus of the greatest public system of higher education in the world – lack the knowledge, integrity, impartiality, innovation, skills to come up with solutions? Have they been fudging their research for years?
    The consultants will glean their recommendations from faculty interviews & the senior management that hired them; yet $ 150 million of inefficiencies and solutions could be found internally if the Chancellor & Provost Breslauer were doing the work of their jobs (This simple point is lost on UC’s leadership).
    The victims of this folly are Faculty and Students. $ 3 million consultant fees would be far better spent on students & faculty.
    There can be only one conclusion as to why inefficiencies & solutions have not been forthcoming from faculty & staff: Chancellor Birgeneau has lost credibility & the trust of the faculty & Academic Senate leadership (C. Kutz, F. Doyle). Even if the faculty agrees with the consultants’ recommendations – disagreeing might put their jobs in jeopardy – the underlying problem of lost credibility & trust will remain. (Context: greatest recession in modern times)
    Contact your representatives in Sacramento: tell them of the hefty self-serving $’s being spent by UC Berkeley Chancellor Birgeneau & Provost Breslauer.
    Let there be light!

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