“When Protests Get out of Hand”

When Protests Get out of Hand: Advice for University Administrators– Parts I & II

This article, written by James C. Garland (President of Miami University in Oxford, Ohio) gives advice to UC administration about how to deal with campus protests.

… How bad would it really be if a president did not act against, say, the disruption of a class or the blocking of traffic in a campus thoroughfare by young protesters seeking to act on their beliefs? Unfortunately, it would be pretty bad. University presidents are expected always to uphold and respect laws and university regulations, and that responsibility must transcend their personal views. Were it otherwise, presidents would quickly find themselves in the untenable position of picking and choosing among causes based on their particular beliefs. That is a very slippery slope indeed. Presidents who cannot subordinate their viewpoints to the larger responsibilities of their office have picked the wrong career…

… From a university president’s perspective, campus protests, whatever their motivation, fall into two broad categories: those that comply with university regulations and those that do not…

…They live in an anger-driven, black-and-white world of un-nuanced arguments, where it is acceptable to ignore facts and take them out of context, and to reject summarily options, tradeoffs, and compromises. Hence these words from a recent UC- Davis protest website: “The administration lies. The police lie. We are done negotiating with the administration, we’re doing things on our terms now: direct action, occupation, reclaiming public space.”… <– CHECK IT. We’re quoted.

Please click this link for the entire article: “When Protests Get out of Hand: Advice for University Administrators– Parts I & II James C. Garland”

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