Remaining TBNYU! Occupants Suspended, Non-NYU Students Considered Trespassers

For live updated coverage, go to this post. The following is a press release from the university.

Just received a statement from NYU spokesman John Beckman Explicit ills download. The most important info:

“A number of students left during the night. This morning the University summarily suspended the remaining students. Any non-NYU students will be turned over to the police for arrest as trespassers; we will notify their schools of the participation in improper activity. Any students who refuse to identify themselves will be assumed to be non-NYU students.”

Entire content of the statement after the jump.
Feb. 20, 2009

STATEMENT FROM NYU SPOKESMAN JOHN BECKMAN

From the outset, the University made clear to the protesters that they were violating the University rules and engaging in improper activity.
Nonetheless, we offered to sit down and have a dialogue with the students if they left the cafeteria; the students rejected our offer of a dialogue.

Yesterday afternoon, the University directed the protesters to leave the building, telling them that the building closes at 1:00 a.m., and after that they would be considered trespassers and would have to bear the consequences.

A number of students left during the night. This morning the University summarily suspended the remaining students. Any non-NYU students will be turned over to the police for arrest as trespassers; we will notify their schools of the participation in improper activity. Any students who refuse to identify themselves will be assumed to be non-NYU students.

Despite the protesters’ stated principles that the protest was to be
non-destructive and non-violent, the protesters broke the lock on a balcony door despite specific warnings to stay off the balcony, and protesters injured an NYU security officer during a tussle last night. These actions dishonor NYU’s commitment to free exchange of ideas, reasoned debate, and legitimate forms of protest. We have some information on the students involved in those activities; they will be summarily suspended as well.

In an effort to bring this episode to a conclusion, last night the
University gave the students an opportunity to sign an agreement stating that discipline charges stemming from the protest would be held in abeyance, but would be fully activated if there were any further disciplinary charges during their time at NYU; this would not apply to those students identified in breaking the lock or injuring the officer. One student signed the agreement.

Others who were in the room who have not signed the agreement will continue to have an opportunity to do so for a short while; after that, we will pursue discipline against any of the others. We have some information on who was in the room and will pursue those students, but we urge all the protesters, as self-described people of conscience who wish to demonstrate the courage of their convictions, to either come forward to sign the agreement or acknowledge their role in the protest and make themselves available for discipline.



95 Comments

  • Another Alumni
    February 20, 2009

    Alumni – I wrote him an e-mail promising not to send any further donations if they didn’t come down on the kids… so I guess we balance each other’s threats out.

  • Bob Jones
    February 20, 2009

    “Let’s clarify something, these people aren’t ignorant. GOD DAMN, they’ve occupied a building for three days, that’s not as easy as you think.”

    I know, they had to POOP in KITTY LITTER and wait like 4 hours before aramark brought them vegan mashed potatoes.

    This isn’t WWII. They didn’t do dick.

  • Matt Burnett
    February 20, 2009

    “Let’s clarify something, these people aren’t ignorant. GOD DAMN, they’ve occupied a building for three days, that’s not as easy as you think.”

    Dude, LOL. Just . . . LOL. They occupied the building because no one on the other side wanted to escalate things. The moment the decision was made to take them out of there, it was done. The key figures got nabbed the second NYU teased a negotiation with them, the barricades were breached as soon as the guards made a go at it. The few left on the balcony only remain there because of the safety concerns of trying to move them. How does this clarify their ignorance?

  • Monica J
    February 20, 2009

    To people that didn’t or don’t go to NYU—- you guys are all a bunch of media sucking idiots.

    Oh what you read it on Gawker somewhere or watched it on Sex and the City, NYU kids are a bunch of rich bitches? CLEARLY you haven’t spoken to even 5 people that go to NYU.

    I went there. I come from a middle class family from the South. I worked all 4 years at that school, received NO financial aid, and will be paying back loans MYSELF for the next 10 years of my life. And you know what, probably more than half of NYU students are in the same situation as me.

    Most of the school is NOT made up of the snooty assholes you blab on about when you have nothing better to do. Stop crying because you think we are taking away your precious nights to get wasted at some east village bar and cry about your life. If you can afford to live in this city, you clearly should not be alienating yourself from the ‘rich bitch’ population of NYU students.

    As far as this TBNYU thing, the demands are just completely unreasonable. This is a private university for a reason. And clearly, you all lost this battle, and by know means should you be admired for “standing up for what you believe in.” Please.

  • Honora Mich
    February 20, 2009

    The NYU administration has handled this situation in a completely reasonable and proper way. It offered to negotiate with TBNYU, and even when they were rebuffed took no action to threaten the students. They even provided them with free food and bathroom access to ensure the health and safety of all students involved. The students involved in this “Occupation” should be expelled from NYU. They not only seriously injured an NYU Safety Officer (who works to ensure that no one hurts NYU students) but they also assaulted an NYPD officer. Such action is more than enough to justify dismissal from the school.

    There are official channels available to voice opinion at NYU, and they involve adult conversation and compromise. TBNYU has portrayed themselves to be whiny, spoiled brats that can’t think of anything more pressing than freezing tuition (maybe they could have spent their time organizing a fund raising effort to help the University in Gaza and its students). NYU is a non-profit organization and its expenditures are available and itemized, if TBNYU had actually done their research.

    Also, I have to say that all this talk about “how democracy works” and that NYU is against the democratic process is ridiculous. Maybe TBNYU didn’t get the memo, but a university is NOT a democracy. You are paying for a degree, essentially a product. You don’t walk into a Salvation Army and buy a pair of pants and then demand to see all their tax records. It’s amazing to me that people smart enough to get into NYU are stupid enough not to understand how the real world works. Students do not own a university, they are consumers of the University’s product. They should stop whining and take an economics course.

    Lastly, I am an NYU student. In regards to their accusations that NYU doesn’t help students get financial aid, I personally know they do. My mother was diagnosed with cancer last summer and hasn’t worked since and my father lost his job during the downturn this fall. It is because of the hard work of the financial aid department and the NYU administration that enabled me to continue this semester so that I can graduate in May. NYU’s not perfect, but they do care about their students.

  • Alex C. Knapp
    February 20, 2009

    @ Ron,
    It’s reasonable for students to be able to veto any University financial decision? Yes, the students are kind of like share-holders of a company… if the majority of them agree then yes they should be able to.
    It’s reasonable for a very small percentage of the student body, without any evidence whatsoever that they represent event the slightest majority of the student body, to negotiate with the University regarding policies that will affect ALL students? I don’t think they were trying to do that. If you look at their demands, they were trying to give the general population more say in what goes on at NYU.
    It’s reasonable to demand that the Coke ban, which was lifted through democratic process, should now be reconsidered?
    Yes, if someone has a concern, they shall be able to have it reconsidered

    As for the Gaza thing… I don’t know. I do agree with you, that was a little extreme.

  • Bob Jones
    February 20, 2009

    @ Monica J

    Sorry, you don’t know what you’re talking about.

    http://www.nyunews.com/2.6167/1.644812-1.644812

    “The NYU student body’s affluent tilt shows in the number of students who submitted a FAFSA, which is required of all students seeking aid. Out of the nearly 4,000 students in next year’s entering class, only about 2,300, or 58 percent, did so, Hall said.

    Hall said that the mean family income of those who demonstrated need through the FAFSA was $82,200 and the mean family income for those who did not demonstrate need was $199,200. Students whose families don’t bother applying for aid presumably have even higher incomes, but NYU does not have access to their financial records.”

  • Dominic S.
    February 20, 2009

    I would just like to point out that TBNYU has not only wasted the financial resources of NYU and the NYPD, but also the time of people such as myself whose attentional biases could not be ignored. And anyone who is not substantially affiliated with NYU or has a doctorate in NYU-Student relations has no business or credibility in blogging here. Specifically you, Mike da Cruz. Jesus, you’re annoying! Now I’m going to go and resume my research in Bobst, access to which I fractionally pay for (not members of the general public—they have the NYPL system).

  • J McDougal
    February 20, 2009

    These kids are idiots. Complete retards. A protest over budget transparency? Really? I even read one quote that said “I had no idea going to school here costs that much”. That’s because you don’t pay for it.

    If money was such an issue for NYU students then they would have looked at the financials before they went there. And the Gaza Strip thing: a pathetic attempt to illustrate their “selflessness”, even though they are being completely self-centered, meaning they are acting like their voice matters. It doesn’t.

    Also, I love how there’s the classic Ivy League condescending school conversation on this board: “Jeez, they’ll let anyone into Brown these days.” “sorry that dartmouth and vassar rejected you”

    Haha. You guys over at NYU must really try hard to make yourselves look this stupid.

  • dave l
    February 20, 2009

    mike you do realize that a private school can decide to only accept males or females. i know of several single sex colleges hell 2 are with in 3 hours of me.

  • Christina Cardinal
    February 20, 2009

    I just want to comment on a few things here.

    First of all, the injuries sustained at the protest. I love how everyone is commenting that a security guard was injured. I was there and I can tell you that I don’t personally know if I believe that any security guards were “really” hurt. I think that they may have taken her in as a precaution so she couldn’t sue. There were many students who suffered injuries caused by the security guards and police as well. But in spite of all of this, I witnessed a security guard shaking hands with one of the students and talking to him because they know each other from a dorm. Neither group wants to be fighting the other one. It’s a shame that the administration has declared that the security force should fight their battle for them. They refuse to take matters into their own hands and discuss the issues with the students. THEY have created an unsafe situation at the school.

    Secondly, majority of the students protesting are not at NYU as trust fund kids. They are working hard for their education and will continue to pay off loans for years to come. It is not mommy and daddy’s money, as it clearly is for many of the people blogging about this. And if it is your money, then why don’t you care how it is being spent? I know that many of you have said that lower to middle class kids should simply go to a cheaper school, but that is exactly what causes the huge gaps in our economic classes. The name NYU, the prestige of this university, the doors that it opens for its students through internships, jobs, and networking cannot be found at any other school. Who is to say that only the rich should be privileged enough to gain access to the opportunities that this school has to offer? Why is it that a hard working, extremely intelligent, dedicated individual is not worthy of the same educational experience simply because they are not wealthy enough? All that does is make sure that the wealthy stay in control, even if they are not the majority in the country.

    Lastly, NYU should have seen this coming. They have been aware of TBNYU’s issues for a long time now. They were also aware that they do not listen to the voices of their students. These are facts. What they now need to consider is the fact that these students have done exactly what NYU has taught them to do. This school shapes leaders. As a student here, I have been taught the importance of moral and ethical behavior which I have seen stressed by all of my professors and the administration itself. It is no surprise that these students who have been taught to stand up in the face of injustice have finally decided that enough is enough. These are not unintelligent losers, they DID get in to NYU, so respect them at least that much. They may have different beliefs than you, but they are not stupid, and stating that they are is ignorant and ridiculous.

  • Angel T.
    February 20, 2009

    I completely agree with Johnny Bravo. If executed better, I could respect them more. They came across as chaotic and disorganized, a few kids out on a lark. Their goals weren’t horrible, but they should have picked one theme and stuck with it. Financial disclosure, fair pay, Gaza and whatever else was on there were too disparate to take seriously. It didn’t come across as well thought-out. Did they think of the cost of providing scholarships to students to Gaza and whether that is the best use of the money? Why Gaza and not one of the several other places in the world that also need assistance? I think it is a noble goal to want the university to be socially minded, but you still have to think about the way to accomplish that. And I hardly think a small group of protesters deciding for the whole school that our resources should go to this one school in Gaza is “democratic.” I question how much thought they actually gave to the practicalities of executing their demands.

    I am also very curious as to whether they even petitioned the administration before doing this. It does seem as though they just woke up and decided to protest. Civil disobedience is supposed to be a last resort. You don’t start with it.

    And then to ask for amnesty first… to me that completely undermined their purpose. Their first demand should have been their number one goal, not a selfish plea to avoid the trouble they caused. I think they missed the point of civil disobedience; you are supposed to accept the punishment. Martin Luther King Jr. did not write his letter from the Birmingham jail because he had no where else to stay. A willingness to sacrifice yourself and accept punishment shows the strength of your belief in your cause.

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  • Reid Colon
    March 21, 2009

    lil wayne was gangsta back den. now hes a lazy bum!

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