Politically correct students, beware. The University of Missouri is no longer allowing disruptive protests on campus. Mizzou officials are supposedly concerned about protests disturbing “learning” or something like that. I don’t know. Still not totally sure what goes on there.
From The Columbia Tribune:
Officials at the University of Missouri are no longer allowing protests that disrupt campus operations.
MU police told a group of 15 student protesters Wednesday that they would face arrest or student discipline proceedings if their protests disrupted university business.
MUPD Major Brian Weimer, who followed the protesters as they went from the Student Center to Jesse Hall, said the university decided to start enforcing an existing policy against disruptions after receiving complaints from people on campus about past protests.
MU spokeswoman Mary Jo Banken cited Chapter 110 of the UM System’s Collected Rules and Regulations, which says the university can ‘set reasonable time, place and manner restrictions’ on all meetings to prevent ‘interference with the right of students to obtain an education.’
Reaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaally? You just now decided to enforce that policy? Right now? You didn’t think that’d be a good policy to enforce earlier? No? Okay. No, that’s fine. Makes total sense.
Mizzou is, of course, the birthing ground of the “Year of the Protest” when students last fall protested to remove UM Systems President Tim Wolfe from office. Wolfe, who is white, was accused of…well, again I’m not totally sure.
Interim Chancellor Hank Foley, who took over from former Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin when he stepped aside amidst the protests, said he’s spent the last semester or so meeting with law school experts about how to handle campus protests. Foley, who’s done a surprisingly exceptional job since taking over, suggested university officials weren’t sure of the best way to handle last fall’s protests.
Although most of the media and their cameras have backed away from the Mizzou campus since last fall, the protests have continued (albeit on a smaller scale).
So, what caused the university to put their foot down this time?
The student protesters were part of a day of action against racism and student debt coordinated by the Million Student March. The nationwide protest sought tuition-free public college, cancellation of all student debt, a $15 minimum wage for all campus workers and divestment from private prisons by all higher education institutions.
Oh God. Oh God. It hurts! My sides! Oh God! Bernie Sanders ‘N’ Friends are terrible politicians and fantastic comedians.
As someone who wouldn’t enjoy going to class in a shanty and being educated by a crackhead, I’ll gladly pay tuition. You do you, though, boo.
Still, I wonder if banning protests will incite more protests. I can only hope. I’ve got the popcorn ready..
[via The Columbia Tribune]
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