Portland State University : Procedural Violations and Institutionalized Racism: Due Process for Henry Liu
  • Petitioning Jackie Balzer
  • Responded

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Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs, Student Affairs
Jackie Balzer
Dean of Student Life, Dean of Students - Student Affairs
Michele Toppe
Director of Conduct & Community Standards, Dean of Students - Student Affairs
Domanic Thomas
Executive Director, Student Health and Counseling - Student Affairs
Dana Tasson
Chief, CPSO, PSU
Phillip Zerzan
Director, Diversity & Inclusion, Governor's Office
Frank Garcia, IV, M.A.
Director, Diversity & Inclusion Department, OSB
Mariann Hyland
Chancellor and Dean of the University of California, Hastings College of the Law
Frank H. Wu
Executive Director of a National Equal Justice Association
Gail Williamson
Senior VP, Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE)
Robert Shibley
Host & Founder, The Young Turks
Cenk Uygur
Executive Director
Kayse Jama
See response
Director, Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization
Lee Po Cha
President for Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association
Stephen Ying
Associate Director, Center for Dispute Resolution
President, OCA Seattle
Doug Chin
VP, OCA Seattle
Connie So
Associate Dean for Student Affairs and Administration, Willamette Law
Daniel P. Santos
Editor, Willlamette Weekly
Mark Zusman
Editor & Reporter, The Asian Reporter
Ronault Catalani
Producer, "Think Out Loud", OPB
Julie Sabatier
Reporter, KGW, Portland, OR
Kyle Iboshi
Investigator, Federal Courts/Breaking News, The Oregonian
Bryan Denson
Equal Opportunity Specialist, Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Dept. Education
Steven Riley
Host, The Lars Larson Show
Lars Larson
Co-Director of Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Asian Law Caucus in San Francisco
Hyeon-Ju Rho
Senior Attorney, Criminal Justice Reform Program - Asian Law Caucus
Angela Chan
National Security and Civil Rights attorney - Asian Law Caucus
Nasrina Bargzie
Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Asian Law Caucus' Litigation Director
Winifred Kao
President - AAJC
Mee Moua
Associate Director, The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE)
Peter Bonilla
President, Portland State University
Wim Wiewel
Editor, South China Morning Post
John Lee
Executive Director, Oregon ACLU
David Fidanque
Editor-In-Chief, Campus Reform
Josiah Ryan
Editor-in-Chief, The Standard (HK)
Ivan Tong
General Manager/Deputy Editor-In-Chief, Shanghai Daily
Chistine Huanian Zhu
Chief Diversity Officer, Presidents Office, PSU
Jilma Meneses
Oregon Governor

Portland State University : Procedural Violations and Institutionalized Racism: Due Process for Henry Liu

    1. Henry Liu
    2. Petition by

      Henry Liu

      Astoria, OR

Everyone is innocent until proven guilty. Every student and staff, of a public college or university that receives federal aid, in the United States of America are entitled to free speech and due process among other inalienable civil rights in accordance to The Constitution regardless of race, gender, and creed. A tremendous injustice has been done. The incident and its toxic elements exposed must be critically examined and challenged. Portland State University (PSU) is not a tolerant institution of higher education. PSU violated Constitutional rights and must be held responsible for its actions. 

On the morning of April 19, 2012 I was unlawfully arrested by a dozen officers of the Portland Police Bureau (PPB) and officers of PSU Campus Security, at the instigation of PSU officers, agents, administrators, and/or employees, for allegedly making threatening comments to a fellow student about a faculty member. Note that I never made any such statements and there exists no evidence of any threats having been made. The allegations against me were based entirely on hearsay, false reports and racism. Of note, PSU was aware at time of incident the accuser's prior history of false allegations. 

Upon my unlawful arrest (no arrest record exists), I was taken to the OHSU psychiatric unit where fluids were involuntarily drawn from my body and where I remained held against my will for six days according to a "hold" that has yet to be fully explained by PSU and its people. During this time an official investigation by the PPB and the DA's office was conducted. Without the privilege of an attorney, I fully cooperated. I denied making threats and spoke the truth. No charges were ever professed in connection with this incident and I received a clean bill of mental health. Investigators concluded this incident as a misunderstanding.

I looked forward to seeing this incident resolved in a satisfactory manner and returning to class. I remained free albeit banned from campus and permanently stigmatized in the public domain by PSU's actions: PSU maliciously and publicly released misleading propoganda attached with my image implying that I was a dangerous individual. Following a disciplinary hearing that neither comported with Oregon law, and a hearing that refused to accept into evidence the official reports from the PPB, DA's office and OHSU clinicians, PSU chose to banish me from campus for life. 

This story has been documented by multiple media sources local, regional and national. However, the story remains incomplete. By withholding the accuser's name, allowing the accuser to remain anonymous, and for PSU to continue protecting and supporting the false accuser is wrong. I filed suit in court against the false accuser and won damages for defamation, filing false police reports, and invasion of privacy. The Court proved the accuser to be a fraud. She remains free and enjoys a false sense of protection. These are practices both wrong and unlawful.

Worse of all, the allegations against me, my suspension and lifetime banishment from the campus, along with my photograph on a veritable wanted poster, all implying that I was a dangerous individual remain on PSU's public website. This all happened again based on an inadequate, hasty, inaccurate, racist and one-sided investigation by PSU where my due process rights among others were never afforded. To this very day, PSU has yet to take responsibility for its unlawful actions that placed one of its students lives in imminent danger by unlawful arrest where I suffered verbal and physical abuse and a six day detention in a psyche ward.  

Subsequently during arbitration, PSU proceeded to act out of poor faith. The Oregon State Court of Appeals admonished PSU for violating my constitutional rights including a fair trial and the rights to confront witnesses and cross-examination. The Supreme Court of the State of Oregon recently issued an order denying PSU's petition for review. This is all fact and any and all documents supporting these claims are readily available. These legal proceedings continue. Currently the entire incident is being investigated by the U.S. Department of Education for discrimination and wrongdoing. 

I am confident and expect the expulsion to be overturned by The Courts based on the Courts' rulings. I expect damages to be paid and a public apology issued by PSU. As a result of this ordeal, I have suffered, among other things, permanent damage to my reputation, interference with my present and future educational and career aspiration and prospects, legal and medical expenditure, stress, and loss of family face. PSU deprived me of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness also known as The American Dream. PSU smeared my good name and as a result admittance to law school and financial aid taken from me.

I have evaluated the current circumstances logically and have decided to continue my appeal of PSU's actions in the Court of Appeals, the Department of Education, and the Department of Justice on the merits. There remains irrefutable fact and evidence PSU broke the law. The actions of the school had consequences of an actual trial. Only the hearings didn't follow proper judicial procedures as a constested case by law should. The damages caused by the violations of my due process rights and the discrimination I faced (and the many before me) are real and supported by facts.

By signing this petition, you are representing yourself not only as a logical and culturally sensitive individual, but one with enough common sense to stand up for what is right. You are taking a stand for equality, justice, progress, and The Constitution. Thank you for your time and consideration.

Jackie Balzer, Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs, Student Affairs
Michele Toppe, Dean of Student Life, Dean of Students - Student Affairs
Domanic Thomas, Director of Conduct & Community Standards, Dean of Students - Student Affairs
Dana Tasson, Executive Director, Student Health and Counseling - Student Affairs
Phillip Zerzan, Chief, CPSO, PSU
Frank Garcia, IV, M.A., Director, Diversity & Inclusion, Governor's Office
Mariann Hyland, Director, Diversity & Inclusion Department, OSB
Frank H. Wu, Chancellor and Dean of the University of California, Hastings College of the Law
Gail Williamson, Executive Director of a National Equal Justice Association
Robert Shibley, Senior VP, Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE)
Cenk Uygur, Host & Founder, The Young Turks
Kayse Jama, Executive Director
Lee Po Cha, Director, Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization
Stephen Ying, President for Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association
SUKHSIMRANJIT (SUKH) SINGH, Associate Director, Center for Dispute Resolution
Doug Chin, President, OCA Seattle
Connie So, VP, OCA Seattle
Daniel P. Santos, Associate Dean for Student Affairs and Administration, Willamette Law
Mark Zusman, Editor, Willlamette Weekly
Ronault Catalani, Editor & Reporter, The Asian Reporter
Julie Sabatier, Producer, "Think Out Loud", OPB
Kyle Iboshi, Reporter, KGW, Portland, OR
Bryan Denson, Investigator, Federal Courts/Breaking News, The Oregonian
Steven Riley, Equal Opportunity Specialist, Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Dept. Education
Lars Larson, Host, The Lars Larson Show
Hyeon-Ju Rho, Co-Director of Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Asian Law Caucus in San Francisco
Angela Chan, Senior Attorney, Criminal Justice Reform Program - Asian Law Caucus
Nasrina Bargzie, National Security and Civil Rights attorney - Asian Law Caucus
Winifred Kao, Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Asian Law Caucus' Litigation Director
Mee Moua, President - AAJC
Peter Bonilla, Associate Director, The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE)
Wim Wiewel, President, Portland State University
John Lee, Editor, South China Morning Post
David Fidanque, Executive Director, Oregon ACLU
Josiah Ryan, Editor-In-Chief, Campus Reform
Ivan Tong, Editor-in-Chief, The Standard (HK)
Chistine Huanian Zhu, General Manager/Deputy Editor-In-Chief, Shanghai Daily
Jilma Meneses, Chief Diversity Officer, Presidents Office, PSU
Oregon Governor
Procedural Violations and Institutionalized Racism at Portland State University: Due Process for Henry Liu

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    1. Justice for Henry crowdfunding campaign

      Henry Liu
      Petition Organizer
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      Henry Liu is raising funds on FundMe.com for Justice for Henry. The story of an American student assumed guilty until proven innocent.

    2. Update and Overture for Kind Contributions

      Henry Liu
      Petition Organizer

      Greetings and salutations to all. As you know, in 2012, an egregious violation of my civil liberties occurred. A fellow student at Portland State University made a falsely statement that I made a veiled threat against a professor. I did not make any threat. This did not stop the campus and Portland Police Bureau, however, from handcuffing me and having me involuntarily committed in the psychiatric ward of a local hospital. When the hospital deemed me completely sane and no threat to anyone, the investigators representing the Portland Police and the Court said it was all a gross misunderstanding. Despite this, Portland State wrongfully expelled me and issued a campus-wide warning implying that I was a dangerous threat.

      Since these unfortunate events, I have called upon that we correct this injustice based upon the facts and merits of my case as a petitioner, plaintiff, and victim. Many of us have been victims of egregious crimes. I will not allow this to go unchallenged, and I have filed a civil lawsuit against these wrongdoers, and I am still appealing the decision to expel me. I am currently receiving treatment for multiple medical conditions caused or aggravated by the stress and sorrow suffered by our family as result of the careless and cruel conduct by these perpetrators. I was Shanghaied in Portland and may never have the opportunity again to return and seek the American dream I sought in the City of Roses.

      I stand on firm legal, moral or ethical claims against my faculty or university administrators, against our campus security and police officers, and against the psychiatric care providers.

      Please allow us to see that judicial recourse is given its proper and due course and that I receive due process. Correcting this injustice will likely cost more than $100,000 in expenditures even with an attorney working on contingent fee in my civil case. Presently, the judicial review in the Court of Appeals may take years to resolve and my civil complaint in the District Court of Oregon longer.
      Such adversarial proceedings that are as grossly asymmetrical as were those arrest, detention, and exclusion, processes that bring me to the court, seeking relief from these several institutions ongoing and irreparable injuries done to me and my family.

      I am not alone. Our collective efforts will allow us to take back our name, our dignity, and our reputations. I have known for two years how awfully asymmetrical power relationships between my family, Portland State University, and local law enforcement systems actually are.
      Since 2012 yet we have overcome numerous challenges and achieved milestones as a result of your support and advocacy. From your signatures and thoughtful comments, I cannot thank you enough for your support and your contributions.

      Financial contributions are kindly needed to continue this cause. Any help that you may be able to support would be greatly appreciated. With a contribution as little as $1000, $100, $10, or whatever you like, we can make it happen.
      The donor website may be found at www.HLDefenseFund.com. You may choose to select from Paypal, credit card or a check to continue this cause. More resources, time and commitment is required in my struggle against injustice that remains adversarial. Let us bring this plight of injustice to justice in a fair, sincere, and respectful manner. Thank you very much.

      Sincerely and truthfully yours,

      Henry Dao-Hung Liu

    3. KPTV FOX 12 - News Segment (April 29, 2014)

      Henry Liu
      Petition Organizer

      Student Sues PSU; Continues to Seek Justice

      Message From Henry

      4.29.2014 Update: KPTV FOX 12 - Student Sues PSU: Go to segment 8.23.2013 Update: I have initiated a petition on Change.org. Please join this campaign: Go to petition To my friends overseas: I can understand the difficulty in negotiating the Great Firewall.

    4. PRESS RELEASE - Former Student Files $4.275 Million Civil Lawsuit

      Henry Liu
      Petition Organizer

      The issue with moving on is that you must concede you're wrong before you can move on. I concede no wrongdoing as I carry the weight of those, including myself who have been victimized. Actions against PSU’s unlawfulness with respect to due process violations among other prejudices are a necessary step towards obtaining justice for victims. “Dans ses écrits, un sage Italien Dit que le mieux est l'ennemi du bien.” - Voltaire
      To seek justice in American court is not an end in itself nor should it ever be. Litigation as a means towards reform and justice is a right of all Americans.

      Attempting one’s best in the name of justice should not be construed as an enemy of the good.

    5. In memory of Martin Luther King, Jr. (January 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968)

      Henry Liu
      Petition Organizer

      Thank you for your activism, leadership and advancement of civil rights in America. Your legacy and contributions have given all persons courage to oppose injustice. "A right delayed is a right denied" - Martin Luther King, Jr.

    6. Merrry Christmas

      Henry Liu
      Petition Organizer

      Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to Change.org and everyone. Thank you for making a difference.

      The world's platform for change · Change.org

      After more than 160,000 people signed Ty Richmond's petition to remove the name of a KKK leader and former slave trader from a Jacksonville, FL high school, the Duval County School Board voted unanimously to change the name. More

    7. Reminder that evil in all its forms rides herd on the innocent

      Henry Liu
      Petition Organizer

      "I see it as yet another indicator that humans are bent on the destruction of not just beauty, but also of ideas, free thought and fundamental justice - not to mention other humans." - Jack O'Hanlon


      In a Rediscovered Trove of Art, a Triumph Over the Nazis' Will

      Otto Dix, in a half-light, glowers from a self-portrait, jaw set, puffing on a cigar, looking infuriated. "What took so long?" he seems to ask, youthful as ever. They keep coming back, these works of art lost to the Nazis, like bottles washed ashore.

    8. Americans Jailed for Months in Qatar After Daughter’s Death

      Henry Liu
      Petition Organizer

      Supporters described the case as a combination of flawed or nonexistent evidence, ethnic prejudice, and extreme cultural misunderstandings.
      New York Times Story
      Published: November 4, 2013

      Americans Jailed for Months in Qatar After Daughter's Death

      Matthew and Grace Huang, an American couple with three adopted children from Africa, lived as a family in the affluent Persian Gulf kingdom of Qatar starting in July 2012. For most of the time since then, the parents have been imprisoned there, accused of starving their 8-year-old daughter to death with the intent of selling her organs.

    9. My name is Henry Dao-Hung Liu (updated)

      Henry Liu
      Petition Organizer

      Inquiries have been made requesting evidence of my personal track record on diversity and inclusion. I've decided to post the following links: My professional resume; Saving the best for last... An attempt to leave a lasting legacy of tolerance at PSU. Bear in mind my personal, educational, and professional careers have since been derailed as a direct result of the actions instigated by PSU on April 19, 2012. Comments welcome.

      Henry Liu CV

      CR522 Professional Project Proposal

      Portland State's Diversity Action Plan - A Response

    10. A daily Astorian’s reflection

      Henry Liu
      Petition Organizer

      From an editorial in today’s Daily Astorian (re: news unassociated to my case) and I quote, “In the law there is a concept called “fruit of the poisonous tree.” It means that evidence tainted by illegality at its very origin can’t ever be cleaned up and used in court.” 
      My due process rights were violated by Portland State University (PSU), PSU acknowledged the false accuser to “having a history”, and operated like an official court with impunity. As a result, PSU's actions caused permanent harm and damage.
      The remainder of the post may be viewed by clicking on the following link. Commentary has been activated and welcome. Thank you. https://docs.google.com/document/d/1N8r7Ipo9MBbNUqGkPVo1UjxlVzFNHBgEBIvfzC6ZoRQ/edit?usp=sharing

    11. How the public institution Portland State University subverted democracy

      Henry Liu
      Petition Organizer

      I was forced upon a PSU hearing that comported with neither minimal notions of due process nor the requirements of Oregon law, and a nominal administrative review. I was summarily expelled and banished from campus forever. This all happened based on an inadequate, hasty, inaccurate and one-sided investigation and the fact that I am a Chinese-American. The false allegations against me, my expulsion, and my photograph on a veritable wanted poster continue to imply that I am a dangerous individual. PSU subverted The Constitution by depriving me of the most basic of rights. Once the law is subverted, the responsible party must be held responsible. Decisions are not based on hearsay, stereotype nor emotion. Where an individual's name, reputation and livelihood, are at risk of loss, decisions are based on law and fact.
      “Knowledge will forever govern ignorance; and a people who mean to be their own governors must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives.” - James Madison

    12. Sept is Nat'l Preparedness Month! Quakes, flooding, racism oh my!

      Henry Liu
      Petition Organizer

      Natural disasters are very real. Preparedness and survivalism two terms arguably the same according to any logical interpretation of Federal and City of Portland PR.
      When the terms are perceived differently through the lens’ of ignorant minds you have not semantics but racial profiling. This too is real having first-hand experience.
      As a graduate student I stored ramen, canned tuna, bottled water in my pantry. If I possessed 1/4 the items listed by the gov't to own in the event of an emergency...
      Prior to and following my expulsion as a result of hearsay, having what was perceived as “evil bug out bags”, and an unconstitutional hearing, the city of Portland promoted just that. Bug out bags.
      For your very own guide to packing a bug out bag please visit your neighborhood Office of Equity and request a copy. BYOB (Bring your own bag) the reference is quite thick.
      Source: http://www.fema.gov
      “Despise learning and make everyone pay for your ignorance” - Chinese Proverb.

      FEMA.gov | Federal Emergency Management Agency

      Disaster mitigation, preparedness, response, recovery, education, and references.

    13. Others are now coming forward

      Henry Liu
      Petition Organizer

      Since the incident with PSU, others have come forward claiming to have been dismissed under similar circumstances: Discrimination; officials acting with impunity; and disregard to basic Constitutional rights. These are serious concerns re: potential liabilities PSU faces for giving its students das boot.
      I alluded to the idea of filing additional grievances against PSU for aiding my false accuser in a hasty bankruptcy filing with questionable pretense. The bankruptcy allowed her to stay all debts with state and federal loans exempt from discharge. I now understand should one enroll with a min. of three credits, he or she is entitled to student legal services.
      Questions must be asked: Should PSU's policies governing its hearings processes among others be put under further review by the Dept of Ed? How can an individual, with a known history of making false accusations, remain enrolled and allowed entitlement to all benefits at the cost of the State and Fed gov't?

    14. Today's news story

      Henry Liu
      Petition Organizer
      Henry Liu Lawsuit Against University Moves Forward

      An online petition he mounted against PSU administration has sent more than 2,200 emails from around the country into the inboxes of PSU administrators Lisa Loving Of the Skanner News Former Portland State University student Henry Liu's lawsuit against the college for allegedly violating his rights in an expulsion hearing is gaining momentum.

    15. Facing accuser in bankruptcy court, NEW DOJ, OSB, & OMB complaints

      Henry Liu
      Petition Organizer

      In re: to hasty Chp.7 filing following OUTING of accuser in court as a fraud. You may only fool me once.

      1) Motion to discharge stay on judgment lien as defendant's act constituted malice and/or ill will ie. Defamatory & false reports. 2) Filing of Chp.7 by false accuser aided by Portland State University attorneys. 3) PSU's participation in violation of my HIPPA rights. No legal malfeasance or conflict of interest here; tongue in cheek.

      With all the lawyers PSU has under their employment and disposal does PSU know what each one is doing? With all due respect what is PSU President Wim Wiewel's take on due process? If there is a legal way to do so I call on the perpetrators, that caused damage to my family, be recalled. Perhaps its time to initiate another petition. One with the State legislature.

      There is no justification to what you have cost my family, your institution’s name, the State and Federal government.

    16. Reached 2,000 signatures
    17. Re: Initial reports, PPB suit, and not letting me change out of my pj's

      Henry Liu
      Petition Organizer

      The veracity of the false accusations and campus safety alert were never scrutinized nor vetted. I disagree with the very personal claims against me in the initial report. The sergeant, that caused my person detained against my will as a student in a psych ward, was reported for misconduct {Bernstein, 2011, The Oregonian}. The city was sued by the DOJ for abusing civil liberties of its civilians {Bernstein, 2012, The Oregonian}.
      The PSU masters summoned my parents to their ivory tower howling "I had a list" (groceries) and whispered of the accuser's "history". I won a lawsuit against the accuser for defamation and false reports. What's wrong with having Ramen I ask? I was accused of "stockpiling food", slow speech, and on the influence. Re: the latter, I was whisked off in handcuffs to a cold cell for plasma samples that returned negative. Thousands of rounds? 6'4", 240lbs? Greasy hair?
      Rookie officers are trained racial misperceptions' a very slippery slope.

    18. Reached 1,500 signatures
    19. Thank you!

      Henry Liu
      Petition Organizer

      We have reached a thousand signatures to campaign for due process. Thank you to all who have signed, I promise to keep up the good cause. And please continue to spread the word as we are far from "victory". Because we have signatures from all across the globe, the issue of procedural review is one that is naturally not ignored across cultures. We have become a dynamic multicultural nation still rooted in law and procedure for the people by the people that no person or persons especially those of color should be fearful of. Although Portland State University abandoned its own principles out of fear and ignorance, that is not to say they are all bad people. Education is still the key. We must educate ourselves daily and however you choose to do so spiritually. My heart goes out to everyone to whom themselves, a family member, relative or friend experienced similar circumstances. One world one love. Know that my thoughts are with you also! Have a pleasant weekend.

    20. Reached 1,000 signatures
    21. Decision-maker Kayse Jama responds:

      Kayse Jama

      I am not a decision maker of this and I am receiving all of these emails. Please take my email off as a decision maker.

    22. Reached 100 signatures
    23. Applied to Willamette University College of Law among others..

      Henry Liu
      Petition Organizer

      First day applications made available and more to come. Perhaps I may just have that shot at redemption or find myself with another. A year is a long time to wait but time enough to get certain items resolved. Wish me luck!

      "We dream to give ourselves hope. To stop dreaming - well, that’s like saying you can never change your fate.”
      - Amy Tan, The Hundred Secret Senses

    24. To my family, friends, colleagues, and past co-workers in China

      Henry Liu
      Petition Organizer

      I can understand the difficulty in negotiating the Great Firewall. May I suggest you source a competent IT professional (If you require references let me know) that may assist you in establishing a VPN, proxy, or, have an acquaintance overseas sign on your behalf with your permission of course. Thank you again and apologies for the inconvenience. Ps. I am assuming if you're in China and reading this your're fine. A similar message will be relayed on my website.

      Yours truly,
      Henry Liu


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