While SDS has not yet been formally charged, the University is looking into the claim that we have violated the University’s extremely limited outdoor sound policy which, on weekdays, allows for the amplification of sound only between noon and one. This policy was clearly designed to stifle protest and free speech on campus, and in this case is being enforced to punish SDS for a protest that the administration did not want to happen in the first place. If charges were to be lodged against us, SDS could face punishment as harsh as having our rights as a student group revoked. If the administration decides to pursue individual charges using the ‘student code of conduct,’ SDS members could face penalties as harsh as expulsion or the revocation of degrees. We know these are not idle threats as the administration is currently using the student conduct code to punish members of another progressive student organization, Whose Diversity?
Now, we ask for all of our supporters and all supporters of free speech on our campuses to call and tell the University of Minnesota that SDS should not face sanctions for our protest against Condoleezza Rice. The Student Union Activities office has threatened sanctions against us simply for exercising our right to free speech. We will not stand idly by as they silence political expression.
Take Action: Contact the Student Unions and Activities Office to tell them that SDS and Whose Diversity? should not face sanctions for exercising free speech on campus.