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Dean of Students will not pursue alleged Code of Conduct violation

Posted in Campus, Politics by Evan Lisull on 5 October 2009

In the continuing vein of the conceptual-art-project-cum-media-ethics-nightmare more commonly referred to as Chalkgate (ugh) Chalktober Fest the “chalking incident”: Dr. Veda Kowalski, Associate Dean of Students, has informed me via phone that the Dean of Students’ office will not be pursuing a Code of Conduct violation. I will, however, have the chance to speak with Dr. Kowalski on Wednesday about the incident as a whole. No word yet on Mr. Miller, but hopefully he will be receiving the same good news shortly.

Also, some more media pickups: here is the write-up from the Center for Free Speech on Campus. Here is a way-too-kind post from Renee Schafer Horton at the Citizen. Here is the “Chalk is Speech” blog (!), including a letter of support from faculty and staff. Here is the video from Fox 11*, which I will surely regret posting.

* – The video engages in a bit of visual humor, juxtaposing shots of chalk on walls and pillars with the assertions that such chalking only occured on the ground. It should be emphasized that these shots occured in the afternoon, long after the author’s detainment; and further, that neither this site nor the author supports this sort of chalking, which is illegal.

UPDATE: Here [PDF] is the letter making it official.

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  1. Laura Donovan said, on 5 October 2009 at 6:58 pm

    Go Evan!

  2. Jimi Alexander said, on 5 October 2009 at 10:04 pm

    So they’re not actually going to drag this whole situation into the kangaroo court at Old Main? Chalk up a win for common sense!

  3. Ben Kalafut said, on 6 October 2009 at 10:58 am

    Good news, but when will we see the offensive?


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