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Harassment of Military Recruiters Sparks Lawsuit at College
CNSNews ^ | August 06, 2007 | Matt Purple

Posted on 08/06/2007 3:32:43 PM PDT by mdittmar

A conservative youth group has filed a lawsuit aimed at the University of California-Santa Cruz, arguing it should lose federal funding because it allowed military recruiters to be harassed and forced off campus by student protesters.

The Young America's Foundation (YAF) accused the school of violating the Solomon Amendment, which requires colleges to allow military recruiters access to their campuses to be eligible for federal aid.

If successful, the lawsuit -- filed against Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates to compel him to enforce the Solomon Amendment -- would deny UC-Santa Cruz $80 million in funds.

In 2005 and 2006, military personnel attended campus job fairs to provide information and to enlist students. Both times, the military recruiters were driven from the campus by angry protesters, which reportedly included both students and faculty.

In 2007, the military recruiters opted out of the job fair.

William Perry Pendley, president of the Mountain States Legal Foundation, told Cybercast News Service that the school consistently allowed the recruiters access to the campus, but he said the school took no appropriate action to deal with the protesters and enforce the law.

"There's certainly action that the university can take," Pendley said. "They can make it clear to students and faculty members that if they prevent military recruiters from appearing and if they interfere with the university's ability to comply with federal law, they'll be expelled."

According to the Solomon Amendment, a college is denied federal money if it prohibits or prevents "the Secretary of a military department ... from gaining access to campuses, or access to students (who are 17 years of age or older) on campuses, for purposes of military recruiting in a manner that is at least equal in quality and scope to the access to
campuses and to students that is provided to any other employer."

Because the other corporate representatives were allowed to stay on the Santa Cruz campus while the military recruiters were forced to leave, the university is in violation of the Solomon Amendment and should have funding pulled, said Pendley.

He compared this case to those of students who openly violated Title IX, which prohibits school athletics from discriminating on the basis of sex, and said that the outcome in such a case would be different.

"Students who don't comply with Title IX will be expelled. It's as simple as that," said Pendley.

Pendley had previously tried to bring the case to the attention of the Department of Defense, which is charged with enforcing the Solomon Amendment.

In 2006, he wrote a letter to former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, urging him to take action against the school, but Pendley never heard back from Rumsfeld, and the government declined to take any action.
Two volatile encounters

Military recruiters first experienced problems at a UC-Santa Cruz job fair in April 2005. Attended by 60 employers, the event was quickly disrupted by a throng of rowdy anti-war protesters who chanted, shouted, and banged on windows.

Protesters who infiltrated the fair reportedly surrounded the military recruiters' tables to prevent other students from viewing their literature. After an hour, the recruiters left the event.

A similar protest occurred at the 2006 job fair, and one person was arrested. A recruiter's car was reportedly vandalized. The recruiters again left the school, and they declined to attend the 2007 job fair.
The school responds


Despite the pending lawsuit, a UC-Santa Cruz spokesman said the school had done nothing wrong - that all rules and regulations had been applied and followed.

This "administration has consistently strived to uphold protection for everyone's First Amendment rights, including the right of students to discuss job prospects with all prospective employers at a career fair and the right of individuals or groups to hold a legal and nonviolent protest," Tim Stephens, a UC-Santa Cruz public relations officer, told Cybercast News Service.

"The campus has consistently complied with all requirements of the Solomon Amendment," said Stephens. And "standard campus judicial process was followed to investigate whether students violated the campus code of conduct and to take appropriate disciplinary action," he said.

The participation of faculty in the protest was investigated, said Stephens, but "the campus is not aware of any allegations of violations of the faculty code of conduct."

When asked to describe these judicial and investigative processes, he declined, saying that such procedures were confidential.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: academia
Well,that puts a new wheel on the wagon don't it.
1 posted on 08/06/2007 3:32:45 PM PDT by mdittmar
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To: EggsAckley; hedgetrimmer; freebilly

Cruzio Pingio.


2 posted on 08/06/2007 3:39:02 PM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: mdittmar

Yes it does and hopefully a good one.


3 posted on 08/06/2007 3:41:21 PM PDT by freekitty
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To: mdittmar
Probably the worse school in the entire UC system.


4 posted on 08/06/2007 3:41:36 PM PDT by Michael.SF. ("The military Mission has long since been accomplished" -- Harry Reid, April 23, 2007)
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To: mdittmar

We can do the same thing the left does...use the court system to correct and injustice...this college better lose federal funds....


5 posted on 08/06/2007 3:43:46 PM PDT by shield (A wise man's heart is at his RIGHT hand;but a fool's heart at his LEFT. Ecc 10:2)
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To: mdittmar

I wonder where the protestors got the freedom to protest? Oh yeah, the military!!


6 posted on 08/06/2007 3:44:52 PM PDT by YourAdHere (Buy My Book, Bradypalooza, from Amazon.Com)
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To: mdittmar

Nothing more to be said,cut their funding !!!


7 posted on 08/06/2007 3:45:34 PM PDT by Obie Wan
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To: shield

They’ll lose this case. Law schools across the country tried to battle this and lost. The protestors were particularly vile at NYU and Columbia, where they barracaded military recruiters off and prevented their classmates from pursuing job opportunities with the JAGs.

Frankly, if this is all it takes, I’m all for it.


8 posted on 08/06/2007 3:48:38 PM PDT by CheyennePress
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To: CheyennePress

*correction: If this is WHAT it takes, I’m all for it.


9 posted on 08/06/2007 3:49:00 PM PDT by CheyennePress
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To: mdittmar

An 80 million dollar hate crime! PC with a price ha Ha HA!


10 posted on 08/06/2007 3:50:17 PM PDT by DaveyB (Ignorance is part of the human condition - atheism makes it permanent!)
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To: All
I made a donation..Brave kids to take on power houses like
Leftest Colleges. Gee? wheres the ACLU? (sarc)
11 posted on 08/06/2007 3:51:21 PM PDT by Cindy_Cin
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To: mdittmar
Young America's Foundation

This is the same group that, when threatened by CAIR, told 'em to go to hell. Bravo, YAF!! Ya'll keep on kickin' ass--people are starting to notice.

12 posted on 08/06/2007 3:51:43 PM PDT by SeafoodGumbo
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To: mdittmar
UC-Santa Cruz are so rabid that I have had to block their computers from accessing most of the web sites that I run.
13 posted on 08/06/2007 3:52:25 PM PDT by armymarinemom (My sons freed Iraqi and Afghan Honor Roll students.)
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To: mdittmar
If successful, the lawsuit -- filed against Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates to compel him to enforce the Solomon Amendment -- would deny UC-Santa Cruz $80 million in funds.

Very good point! Why let them suck at the government teat, and then kick us in the private parts? Hit them in the wallet! Kind of hard to fight with no gas in the tank!

14 posted on 08/06/2007 3:53:19 PM PDT by Dubh_Ghlase
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To: SeafoodGumbo

The kids are alright.


15 posted on 08/06/2007 4:01:03 PM PDT by mdittmar (May God watch over those who serve,and have served,to keep us free)
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To: mdittmar

UC Santa Cruz chancellor dies in suicide plunge
Cecilia M. Vega, Jaxon VanDerbeken, Chronicle Staff Writer

Santa Cruz Chancellor Denice Denton, apparently despondent over work and personal issues, died Saturday after she jumped from the roof of a 42-story San Francisco apartment building, police said. Denton’s partner, Gretchen Kalonji, has an apartment in the building, property records show.

Denton, a well-regarded engineer, had been named this spring in a series of articles examining UC management compensation. She had been criticized for an expensive university-funded renovation on her campus home, and for obtaining a UC administrative job for Kalonji.

Denton, 46, died Saturday morning after jumping from the Paramount at Mission and Third streets, police said. The building is advertised as San Francisco’s tallest luxury rental apartment building. A guest at the nearby Argent Hotel called authorities at 8:17 a.m. to report a body on the roof of a parking structure below the apartment building, police said. The medical examiner ruled her death a suicide.
~snip
http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/c/a/2006/06/25/MNG91JK4T01.DTL


16 posted on 08/06/2007 4:01:22 PM PDT by Drango (A liberal's compassion is limited only by the size of someone else's wallet.)
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To: mdittmar

But do those students have standing? Wouldn’t the recruiters in question or the federal government have to file such a claim?

More power to them, but I’m not sure this will fly. Now this may bring the issue to light which in itself could cause the government to take action forcing the university’s hand.

Either way, the recruiters should be treated with respect.


17 posted on 08/06/2007 4:02:20 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (Victory will never be achieved while defining Conservatism downward, and forsaking it's heritage.)
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To: shield

Well, I’ve always wondered why the Dept of Defence allowed its recruiters to be harassed and expelled by schools without punishing them for violating the law. It boggles the mind they revile the military and thwart its recruiting efforts with one hand while feeling entitled to federal funding, WHICH IS CONTINGENT upon allowing military recruiters access to students.

More proof the world’s gone insane ...


18 posted on 08/06/2007 4:07:44 PM PDT by Edward Watson (Fanatics with guns beat liberals with ideas)
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To: mdittmar

You just put a big smile on my face with this story. Thanks for posting it.


19 posted on 08/06/2007 4:08:19 PM PDT by digitalbrownshirt (http://digitalbrownshirt.blogspot.com)
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To: DoughtyOne

I am not sure if they would have standing, but they were denied access to the recruiters information at the job fair.


20 posted on 08/06/2007 4:08:56 PM PDT by EBH
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To: Michael.SF.

Shhh. Don’t tell anyone - it’s my deep, dark secret. UCSC is my alma mater, was intended at its inception to be the elite, experimental campus. They haven’t seen a brass farthing of my money in years.


21 posted on 08/06/2007 4:09:54 PM PDT by ArmyTeach (Vincit qui se vincit)
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To: EBH

You know, that is a good point. I appreciate the response.


22 posted on 08/06/2007 4:13:04 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (Victory will never be achieved while defining Conservatism downward, and forsaking it's heritage.)
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To: Michael.SF.

I got out of the Marines in 85 after picking UC Santa Cruz among 5 colleges to visit while driving away through CA. BEAUTIFUL campus and city! But after reading ads posted on kiosks for gay and lesbian room mates, I figured it was too big a culture clash to fit in, chose Santa Barbara CC then Chico State instead.


23 posted on 08/06/2007 4:14:44 PM PDT by elfman2 (An army of amateurs doing the media's job.)
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To: ArmyTeach
LOL. I won't tell!

BTW, Shouldn't the team mascot have been an indication that the school might not be all it is cracked up to be?

just asking.

;)

24 posted on 08/06/2007 4:16:10 PM PDT by Michael.SF. ("The military Mission has long since been accomplished" -- Harry Reid, April 23, 2007)
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To: Edward Watson
Well, I’ve always wondered why the Dept of Defence allowed its recruiters to be harassed and expelled by schools without punishing them for violating the law.

... Because beurocratic pussies aren't limited to other government departments.

25 posted on 08/06/2007 4:16:14 PM PDT by ExpatCanuck
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To: elfman2
then Chico State instead

I visited Chico for the first time a few years ago and found it to be a very nice little town, one with a bit of a "Mayberry" feel to it ( and I mean that in a positive way, not a negative).

26 posted on 08/06/2007 4:19:30 PM PDT by Michael.SF. ("The military Mission has long since been accomplished" -- Harry Reid, April 23, 2007)
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To: Drango
UC Santa Cruz chancellor dies in suicide plunge

It's tragic when a nihilistic philosophy is lived out in death! (Ironic too!)

UCSC continues to receive tax dollars while encouraging treason against those who pay their salaries and shouting down those who won them their freedom to shout.

If it were up to me, I'd close down the UCSC campus and lay off the staff - tax money is better spent on things like bridge repair and fence building rather than on creating new generations of seditious traitors.

27 posted on 08/06/2007 4:25:06 PM PDT by DaveyB (Ignorance is part of the human condition - atheism makes it permanent!)
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To: Drango

This incident as well as one at UC Davis where the Chancellor made up a job that had no work to it for a fired black woman who threatened to sue, led the Regents to force all University employees to take an online ethics course. The administrators get caught with their hands in the cookie jar and blame it on a culture of corruption pervasive to the entire University system. Spread the blame. But nothing has changed, it’s still who you know that counts the most.


28 posted on 08/06/2007 4:49:30 PM PDT by vigilence
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To: vigilence

I believe the school will apologize, allow recruiters on campus, and still continue to deny that anything happened. They are all state employees, just following their state elected officials’ bias against our sovereign nation and our tradition of patriotism and security.


29 posted on 08/06/2007 5:41:10 PM PDT by Snapping Turtle (Slow down and get a grip!)
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To: ArmyTeach
Shhh. Don’t tell anyone - it’s my deep, dark secret. UCSC is my alma mater, was intended at its inception to be the elite, experimental campus. They haven’t seen a brass farthing of my money in years.

Graduate of another UC campus, administration total suckups to the Left. Not seen a dime from me since I left, and they've finally quit asking.

30 posted on 08/06/2007 6:33:33 PM PDT by sionnsar (trad-anglican.faithweb.com |Iran Azadi| 5yst3m 0wn3d - it's N0t Y0ur5 (SONY) | UN: Useless Nations)
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To: mdittmar
If successful, the lawsuit -- filed against Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates to compel him to enforce the Solomon Amendment -- would deny UC-Santa Cruz $80 million in funds.

So, that's what's got UC-Santa Cruz backpeddling, hmm? Forget the lawsuit, just chop the funding.

31 posted on 08/06/2007 6:55:56 PM PDT by pray4liberty (Watch and pray.)
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To: Michael.SF.; sionnsar
OK, here's the skinny on the UCSC mascot. For those who don't know, the school mascot is the banana slug. Yuck. At the outset in the late 60s the student population scorned intercollegiate sports. At the same time, the lovely walk through the woods from the trailer dorms and the field house to the library and the science building was teeming with these 1 1/2 to 2 inch brown and dirty yellow slugs. They came out especially at night and you couldn't help but crunch them as you walked along the path. So I think banana slug became both a nod to our most ubiquitous wildlife as well as a slap at the popularity of school sports on other campi.
32 posted on 08/06/2007 10:24:08 PM PDT by ArmyTeach (Vincit qui se vincit)
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