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More Student Protestors At EMU Face Discipline, One Of Them Shares His Side Of The Story

Dec 7, 2016

Michael Wood is a senior at Eastern Michigan University and one of the first four students to face disciplinary actions.
Credit Jorge Avellan

  

More students at Eastern Michigan University are now facing discipline for an overnight protest on campus just over a month ago.

I spoke with one of the original four students to be disciplined for that protest.

EMU spokesman Geoffrey Larcom issued a statement on behalf of the university that included the following:

This issue has never been about the students' right to demonstrate or protest. We have supported and encouraged those efforts throughout. We do not allow any group to occupy our buildings and, in turn, force our employees to work overtime to keep control of the work areas to and for which they are assigned.

No students were "targeted" in this effort, as some have suggested. Rather, in keeping with our student conduct code and usual practice, students who engaged in the same conduct will be treated consistently. Indeed, EMU Police and the Conduct Office are continuing to investigate the matter. As additional identifications are established, they also will be subject to the student conduct process.

Eastern Michigan University encourages our students to exercise the right to express their views on matters of public importance and matters that are important to them. EMU has always and will continue to support the rights of our students to peacefully demonstrate on issues of importance to them.

Over the past two months, the University has worked diligently with our students to manage the variety of protests peacefully, and with a great level of appreciation and respect for students' anger and frustration over the incidents that have occurred. Not a single student has been arrested or expelled as a result of their participation.

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