Sunday, April 29, 2007

Boalt Dean Recommends Student Who Posted Threat Against Hastings on "Autoadmit" be Expelled

The Boalt student who thought it funny to post a Virginia-Tech-style copycat threat against the University of California, Hastings College of Law on the notorious Autoadmit cesspool/discussion board is now apparently facing expulsion, according to an e-mail sent to the community by Boalt Dean Edley, which reads in part:

On Wednesday, April 25, 2007, the Law School filed a complaint with the U.C. Berkeley Judicial Affairs Office against the law student who claimed responsibility for posting the threat on a website. We, the administrative leadership of Boalt, believe that the student’s action is clearly in violation of a number of regulations detailed in the Student Code of Conduct. The case will be adjudicated by Judicial Affairs according to campus regulations. Those regulations prohibit us from disclosing the name of the student against whom we are proceeding.

Based on the facts as we understand them today, we have recommended expulsion. This is based not only on the intrinsic wrongfulness of the act itself, but also the disruption, turmoil and emotional toll on the Hastings community and, to a more limited extent, the Boalt community as well. I have received ample evidence of this through a great many emails, some of them painful to read.

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