Below my comments today are screenshots of a letter from FSSA’s lawyers to Pam Holmes, Chair of the Board of Trustees. As Jeff Rosen stated when he distributed this letter:
“A letter from FSSA’s attorneys is attached as a reminder that out of all the people complicit in the Gallaudet situation, the students bore the brunt of being held “accountable” for what happened. Students have had their civic records blemished, their academic standing downgraded, their mental health injured, assaulted by police and security misconduct, and are being subjected to suspensions and sanctions for alleged violations of the campus code of conduct, sometimes without lawful due process.”
It is unconscionable for the Jordan administration to punish the students in this way, or even to have ANY say in how reprisals should be imposed, given that the administration is equally guilty due to the many illegal and harmful actions they took during the protest period. I feel very strongly that whoever is picked tomorrow as the Interim President should immediately and without prejudice, pardon the protesters and cease all reprisals, and cancel all planned punishments and take steps to correct all actions already imposed to punish those involved. For the good of Gallaudet; her students; her reputation, and her healing process – the Jordan Administration must be rebuked and immediate action taken to resolve the issue of reprisals. In addition, certain other persons besides students have been unfairly singled out and punished by the Jordan Administration. Those persons, too, should have their punishments lifted and jobs returned.
When all is said and done, and all the steam, anger and hostilities boils out of the kettle that has burned steadily since May, one simple fact will remain stuck at the bottom of that kettle: the whole mess of this past 7 months COULD have been avoided if the search process had not been flawed from the start! The Board of Trustees and the original Presidential Search Committee own ultimate responsibility for what resulted from that flawed process and they should step up and have the grace to absolve the students, staff and others who have been punished because they recognized something seriously wrong had happened and stood up and demanded a renewed search process. Ken @ Bibliomarket
[note: text version is shown in full in the comments section below the screenshots, and the Adobe Acrobat (pdf) version can be downloaded here. ]
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