According to UC Berkeley’s Code of Conduct, all student conduct hearings are supposed to be wrapped up within 75 days of the alleged incident. So far a handful of those who occupied Wheeler Hall on November 20, 2009 had formal hearings, and a slightly larger number accepted informal resolutions — most frequently in the form of stayed suspensions coupled with community service.
Now, more than a year and a quarter after the Wheeler occupation, Berkeley’s Office of Student Conduct (OSC) is beginning this charade once again. This Friday, OSC will begin the formal hearing of one of the three Wheeler occupiers arrested in the morning prior to the locking down of the second floor (where 40 additional students were subsequently arrested). Our comrade was struck in the face with a cops’s baton — hence the massive bruise that appeared under his eye — before being cuffed and taken into custody. Come out and support as our ally Thomas Frampton, recent winner of Boalt’s Moot Court Competition (as judged by Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor), defends our comrade against whichever clown OSC decides to deploy. This will be the first time that the Office of Student Conduct (OSC) fulfills one (though by no means all) of its due process obligations and actually allows an adviser to speak for the defendant in the conduct hearings of the students who were charged with violating the code in November 2009. We’ve seen Thomas in action before and can guarantee that this is not to be missed.
The hearing will take place this Friday, February 18 at 1:30 pm in Room 102 of Krutch Theater (building 14) on the Clark Kerr campus.
All out to our comrade’s hearing!
Drop all charges against student protesters!
Still fuck the 32 percent fee hike!