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Posted in Uncategorized by Evan Lisull on 28 September 2009

So this has happened. For legal reasons, I can’t comment on this case as much as I would like to, but I would like to express my sincere thanks for all of the support that has come forth in such a short period of time.

UPDATE: Good news, courtesy of a UA press release:

Monday, September 28, 2009
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Statement on follow-up to two incidents of chalk expressions at the University of Arizona

Contact: Paul G. Allvin – (520) 390-3520; pallvin@email.arizona.edu

TUCSON, Ariz. – The University of Arizona stands firmly committed to defending, celebrating and hosting free expression, a value that was tested last week when students rallied on campus to protest cuts to higher education funding.

The protest itself was part of the UA’s tradition of robust freedom of expression, but advertising of that event in the form of chalk messages that appeared on surfaces other than the ground and sidewalks resulted in one student being cited for criminal damage for defacing the sides of structures.

On Monday morning, another student was cited for criminal damage for committing a similar act on campus. Both incidents required university
funding and employee time to clean up. Throughout, UA’s interests have been twofold: ensuring students’ ability to express themselves freely, and ensuring that university property was not damaged.

UAPD was doing its job citing students for illegal behavior, but upon review of the circumstances UA President Robert N. Shelton believes
that the best course of action is to handle these incidents as possible Code of Conduct violations through the Dean of Students Office.

To that end, President Shelton has directed UAPD to avoid citing individuals for criminal damage for similar future incidents, and to refer students who appear to have committed similar acts to the Dean of Students Office. UAPD is in the process of dismissing charges against the two students who were cited, and those students have been referred to the Dean of Students Office.

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  1. REBG said, on 28 September 2009 at 9:23 pm

    Good news, Evan? It’s the same old,same old. “Let’s get it behind the walls of the administration building and pretend were listening to the public uproar”, says this administration. Once it’s referred to the Dean of Students, it becomes a private matter. No more light of day and the problem is solved. Typical autocratic action from S/H. Nothing has changed despite a “wake up” poll, the results of which should send a serious message to the administration.

  2. Jimi Alexander said, on 28 September 2009 at 10:44 pm

    So glad to say that this school isn’t going to get another dime from me after this year. My threshold for bullshit can’t take much more.

  3. Chalk up a win « The Arizona Desert Lamp said, on 29 September 2009 at 1:32 am

    […] Media, Politics by Connor Mendenhall on 29 September 2009 By now you’ve probably seen the press release: Under orders from President Shelton, UAPD has dropped all criminal charges against my colleague […]

  4. Ben Kalafut said, on 29 September 2009 at 1:57 am

    The arresting officers need a firm kick in the pants, given the very clear contrast between what is forbid by the letter of the statue and what you were doing.

  5. - God Blogging (and more) said, on 29 September 2009 at 7:50 am

    […] (He was busy yesterday, because less than an hour after his faculty poll response, UA press delivered the news that Shelton doesn’t consider chalking on campus criminal damage but would require offenders […]

  6. M said, on 29 September 2009 at 11:15 am

    What concerns me in the press release is this statement: “UAPD was doing its job citing students for illegal behavior.” They are still considering this illegal.

  7. Jesse Gunsch said, on 29 September 2009 at 8:28 pm

    Geez, this was quite the thing to come here and read about today. So many props to you for going out and actually doing that, and best of luck that everything turns out alright with the Dean of Students. On the one hand, I can’t imagine why there’d be issues, but then again, this whole thing shouldn’t have ever happened in the first place. Heh.


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