CMC Refuses to Back Down, Will “Hold Students Accountable”
In an official statement to the Independent, Claremont McKenna College resolved once more to “hold students accountable” for policy violations committed during the protest of scholar Heather Mac Donald in early April, rejecting demands by a student group for the college to end its investigation and abstain from punishing rule breakers.
The statement, issued only hours after the students’ demands for exoneration, expresses the college’s full commitment to an April 7 promise from CMC President Hiram Chodosh to crack down on those protesters who defied regulations by blockading the entrances and exits to the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum to prevent anyone from entering the building to hear Mac Donald’s talk.
The full statement is below:
“The College is following through on President Chodosh’s commitment to hold students accountable. As is the case with any and all alleged violations of the Student Code of Conduct and College policies, CMC is following our established Student Conduct Process which can be found in the Guide to Student Life.
We have begun the conduct review process with individual CMC students, who will be afforded a full, fair, and impartial process before the determination of findings, sanctions, and appeals. Over the course of the next few weeks, students who are found responsible for violations of College policy will face sanctions appropriate to the severity of the violation.
We acknowledge the community’s desire for information and details; however, to ensure a fair process that protects the interests of our students, while complying with our policies and FERPA, we cannot disclose any additional information about an ongoing process.”