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UMPD kicks us out (for now), threatens arrests and confiscation of belongings

Statement Regarding Demonstration in Social Sciences Building

March 31,2011

The University acknowledges and reaffirms your right to petition, peacefully, and in an orderly manner, all levels of the University. But the University also affirms that the functions of the facilities and business in the Social Sciences Building must remain free from disturbance or delay.

This statement is to inform you about the restrictions on your permissible presence in the Social Sciences Building in order to protect the free and proper use of the Social Sciences Building in order to protect the free and proper use of the Social Sciences Building. The Social Sciences Building is closed and locked from 11:00 pm to 6:00 am on weekdays and closed and locked on the weekends. You may not be present in the building during those closed hours. Persons with access to the building during closed hours (for example, persons with offices in the building ***but the police tonight admitted to deactivating the entry card of faculty involved in the occupation, effectively preventing them from participating in neccessary work for the benefit of their students***) may not use their access privileges for non-work-related purposes or to allow others into the building.

You will be allowed to continue your demonstration in the common areas of the Social Sciences Building during normal building hours so long as the demonstration does not interfere with the transaction of public business, impede access or egress to areas in the building, unreasonably deprive others of use of common areas, involve altering or interfering with the intended use of the facilities, including study spaces and restrooms ***this refers to the gender-neutral signs that we placed over the “men” and “women” signs on restrooms in order to make the space welcoming to all people, regardless of gender, which apparently the university feels is “distruptive”***, or violate any applicable law.

If you are present in the building without authorization during closed building hours, your presence will be unlawful and you will be subject to arrest for trespass. If your presence during open building hours does not comply with the conditions described in this statement, you will be asked to leave, and if you refuse, your presence will  be unlawful and you will be subject to arrest for trespass. Failure to comply with the conditions described in this statement, you will be asked to leave, and if you refuse, your presence will be unlawful and you will be subject to arrest for trespass. Failure to comply with restrictions described in this statement also may be grounds for action under the Student Conduct Code for students, or under University employment rules for employees. If you are not a student, staff or faculty member you will be issued a one-year Trespass Warning from the University in addition to being subject to arrest for trespass. The Warning will explain that if you return prior to the expiration of the Warning you will be immediately subject to arrest or citation for trespass.

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Alright everyone, we are still going to be back in the Social Sciences building tomorrow at 6 am, 4 hours from now. All event scheduled tomorrow will still continue as planned. General meeting is at 12 pm, if you can be there, be there. We obviously have some important things to discuss. Other than that, there is a Transgender 101 workshop at 5 pm, breakfast at 10 and lunch right before the meeting at noon. See you all tomorrow. We are not gone, and this is not over. It has just begun.

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3 responses to “UMPD kicks us out (for now), threatens arrests and confiscation of belongings

  1. Joey Senkyr April 2, 2011 at 4:04 pm

    I don’t think the university cares that the “gender neutral” toilets are disruptive. I’m fairly sure they care more about the whole “Legally required to have gender-separated restrooms” thing.

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