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UO Pursues Conduct Charges Against Student Protesters Despite Backlash


Students took the stage where University of Oregon President Michael Schill was set to give his State of the University speech Oct. 6, 2017.

Students took the stage where University of Oregon President Michael Schill was set to give his State of the University speech Oct. 6, 2017.

Andy Nelson/Register-Guard

The University of Oregon’s administration is facing growing backlash over its decision to pursue student conduct charges against a group of protesters who disrupted a speech by UO President Michael Schill last month.

The peaceful protest — about rising tuition costs and seeking a ban on white nationalist groups on campus, among other grievances — caused Schill to abandon his planned address.

Student and faculty leaders are increasingly speaking out against the disciplinary move, which they characterize as divisive and futile.

The University Senate is considering a symbolic resolution calling for the charges to be dropped, and it has “pretty broad support” among faculty and student members, Senate President Chris Sinclair said Friday.

Read the full story at the Register-Guard.

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