Proposed Student Conduct Code changes will impact student groups' ability to protest
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On Friday, February 9, the Board of Regents will be voting on proposed changes to the Student Code of Conduct.
The current language states:
Subd. 4. Conduct of a student who is a member of a student group will not be considered to be conduct of the student group unless the facts and circumstances surrounding the conduct suggest that the student group sponsored, organized, or otherwise endorsed the conduct.
The proposed language states:
Subject also to the other subdivisions of this Section, a student group may be held responsible for violation of any of the Disciplinary Offenses listed in Section IV of the Student Conduct Code based on the conduct of its individual members if:
(a) the student group directed, sponsored, or endorsed the conduct that violated the Student Conduct Code; or
(b) any officer or officers of the student group knew or reasonably should have known the conduct that violated the Student Conduct Code was likely to occur during or directly related to an activity or event conducted by the student group.
This language has the potential to affect the efforts made by student groups and undermine efforts made by their programming. Additionally, these proposed changes have an impact on students' ability to protest and use their free speech on campus. This policy has the potential to hold a student group responsible for any activity even slightly related to the student group.
The University is asking for feedback on these changes until February 2 here, and the Minnesota Student Association urges you to take action on this policy that could have a detrimental effect on student's right to protest and free speech. We encourage you to speak out at the Regents meeting on February 9 at Mcnamara as well.
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