The Washington-based state college has finally sanctioned at least 80 students deemed responsible for racially-charged protests back in May, authorities reported.
Just a few days ago, a spokesperson for the Evergreen state college confirmed that at least 80 students have received penalties for breaking the code of conduct due to their participation in the protests that happened on the campus a few months ago. It can be remembered that back in May, the Evergreen State College ended up in national headlines after students stood up against the racial inequality raging in the school and a faculty member’s criticism of their annual ‘Day of Absence’ event.
The protests started after one the university’s professor named Bret Weinstein condemned the changes in the University’s yearly ‘Day of Absence’ optional event. In the said occasion, organizers asked all willing white students to skip campus for a talk about racial concerns and issues. It is the opposite of their usual setup where students of minority races were asked to leave the university grounds for a day to attend off-campus programs. Weinstein said that the reversal of the program is a show force and an act of oppression. This remark prompted students to interrupt his class and use furniture to barricade the entrances of the library building in an attempt of the takeover. University President George Bridges also said that the protesters asked him to fire Weinstein for his racist remarks towards minority students.
Back to the recent reports, a spokeswoman for the University named Sandra Kaiser confirmed that 80 students received different sanctions for their inclusion in the protests. She stated that the penalties ranged from warning, probation, community service and suspension. Other non-students who also participated in the rally are given criminal-trespass warnings, while one of them was arrested and banned permanently from entering the campus.