Claremont McKenna College has suspended five students (three for a year and two more for a semester) for blocking access to a campus event whose speaker they opposed. The event was in April and, at the time, campus police made no effort to arrest or disperse the protesters. However, the college ultimately interviewed witnesses and reviewed the plethora of video and photographic evidence of the demonstration.
Four of the suspended students were seniors who had their degrees revoked until their suspensions are completed. The other affected student could face loss of financial aid and may not be able to later complete the degree.
Engaging in illegal behavior comes with significant risks. Additionally, some schools are beginning to receive significant push back from their alumni groups who have become alarmed with the increase in the number and severity of these types of campus protests. So, please understand the risks you could be taking if you decide to participate in protests that turn violent or cross the line of legality.
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