SUSPEND OVERPAID ADMINISTRATORS, NOT STUDENTS: Call to support the members of SDS at the University of Minnesota
Because of our action at Convocation ’09 we are now facing individual charges up to suspension and revocation of our degrees. We ask for all of our supporters, all supporters of free speech on our campuses, and all those that support the right to education to call and tell the University of Minnesota that SDS members should not face disciplinary charges for our actions at Convocation.
The Office of Student Affairs is threatening all members of SDS saying we are responsible for stealing the banners used in the action, improperly using the space, and that we were disruptive to a closed university function. We question all of these claims. First off the banners that we used were found, and were clearly NEVER going to be used by the university – they articulated outdated goals & campaigns and outdated fashion!
Secondly, we believe that the building and event that we interrupted was in need of some perspective. The event is traditionally meant as a rallying point to make incoming students blind to the excesses of the university administration. Our banner drop highlighted to students for only a few minutes the hypocrisy of an administration that is raising tuition while receiving free housing and enormous salaries.
Office of Student Affairs Provost of Student Affairs Jerry Reinhart email@example.com 612-626-1242
Sharon K Dzik firstname.lastname@example.org 612-624-6073
President Robert Bruininks email@example.com 612-626-1616
Bellow you will find links to the media about the action and our formal appeal letter: