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.”

10 thoughts on “CMC Refuses to Back Down, Will “Hold Students Accountable””

  1. Good to see that administration has finally developed a backbone. These students shouldn’t be allowed to get away with breaking the rules

  2. Kinda funny how it’s Free Speech if the CMCers of color agree with the message… If not, well, you got to see their true colors in action.

  3. Good for CMC!

    If these activist students really believe in their cause, if they are committed to civil disobedience, then they should understand that part of civil disobedience is standing up and accepting the sanctions that come.

  4. Fine words, but in truth, the decision has been made to “postpone” any accountability until at least next fall. Seniors accused of involvement will be allowed to graduate unimpeded. I imagine foot-dragging will continue as long as possible, to be followed by only the mildest of wrist-slaps, or more likely, applause for the selfless actions of brave protestors, willing to risk all to protect the entire community.

  5. Anyone know how the faculty voted regarding the two motions? It appears there were no disruptions at Commencement, so I have to assume the CMC administration completely caved. If the students were allowed to walk at Commencement while subject to the investigation, then the precedent is now set that there will be NO consequences for these types of actions. Since there are no consequences, expect more protests. The days of the Ath hosting a huge variety of incredible speakers may be over.

  6. The faculty voted to allow all students to walk. The President then changed his “mind” about not letting them walk. Mary Spellman RIP.

  7. He doesn’t want to punish them. Hence the engineered foot dragging. Wall Street Journal humiliation for failure to follow through on promise to hold accountable inevitable.

  8. “One who breaks an unjust law must do it openly, lovingly…and with a willingness to accept the penalty….an individual who breaks a law that conscience tells him is unjust, and willingly accepts the penalty by staying in jail to arouse the conscience of a community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the very highest respect for law.”
    –Martin Luther King, “Letter from the Birmingham Jail”

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