Occupy UMass Boston Students are handed eviction notice!

On January 26th, 2012, immediately following a General Assembly, Occupy UMass Boston students and supporters were handed a notice from the Administration. The text of the document reads as follows:

January 26, 2011

Dear Occupy Umass Boston Students:

The University of Massachusetts Boston values its tradition of providing a forum for diverse opinions and free speech. This includes the rights of our students to demonstrate peacefully on campus and to raise awareness about various issues. We believe your uninterrupted public demonstration over the past four days has reflected the university’s commitment to our student rights.

At the same time, the university has a responsiblity to provide and maintain a safe and orderly learning and working enviroment in which these freedoms can be exercised by all. Our campus has developed a number of guidelines over time aimed at providing all student and community groups wuith the opportunity to advocate for their ideas and objectives in a manner that is equitable and respectful to others.

The purpose of this letter is to inform you that, as of today, the university will require to comply with all campus policies and procedures adhered to by other UMass Boston students. In particular:

  • UMass Boston students will be allowed in the Campus Center during normal hours of operation, 6 a.m. to 11 p.m., only (no one will be permitted to stay overnight).
  • Because there is limited space in the Campus Center, you will be allotted a space to continue your demonstration similar in size and location to other student organizations.
  • Activities outside these basic guidelines may be conducted in the area reserved for public demonstrations (on the lawn between the HarborWalk and University Drive near the entrance of the campus).

Our campus values encourage each of us to respect different perspectives and to strive for open and honest discussions. It is our sincere hope that you continue to express your ideals aimed at improving this university and society at large, and we look forward to engaging with you in an open and civil dialogue to address your concerns.

Winston Langley, Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs

Patrick Day, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs

We encourage indivividuals to contact the Provost and Chancellor. Their contact information is located below:

To contact Winston Langley:

Office of the Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
winston.langley@umb.edu or provost@umb.edu 

To contact Patrick Day:

Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs

Occupy UMass Boston Students and supporters will be holding an Emergency General Assembly at 9:30 pm this event in lieu of the eviction at 11 pm. We encourage the attendance of individuals of these events in solidarity with the Occupy UMass Boston encampment.