80 Evergreen protesters sanctioned for breaking student-conduct code

About 80 protesters have been sanctioned for breaking the student conduct code at The Evergreen State College in Olympia last spring, when race-related protests broke out on campus, college officials say.

About 80 protesters have been sanctioned for breaking the student-conduct code at The Evergreen State College in Olympia last spring, when race-related protests broke out on campus, college officials say.

About 120 incident reports involving 180 students were filed during the campus unrest, college spokeswoman Sandra Kaiser told The Olympian.

“Of those 180 students, approximately 80 were found responsible for their actions,” she said. “They received sanctions ranging from formal warnings, community service and probation, to suspension.”

The students were adjudicated using the student-conduct code during spring and summer quarters, she said.

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In addition, nonstudents who were involved in the disruptions were issued criminal-trespass warnings, and one person was “subsequently arrested and permanently barred from campus,” said college spokesman Zach Powers.

Evergreen is no stranger to protests, but college President George Bridges said some students went too far in May when they interrupted faculty member Bret Weinstein’s class, and a day later pushed furniture against doors to create barricades during a takeover of the library building.

The nearly 4,000-student college made national headlines as students protested, alleging institutional racism. Weinstein, who had criticized the college’s equity-action plan and a change to the format of the campus’s annual “Day of Absence/Day of Presence,” became a target for demonstrators at the liberal-arts school and a folk hero for conservative news outlets.

The Day of Absence/Day of Presence activity is based on a play about an imaginary Southern town in which all black people disappear for a day to…

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