UO drops Facebook click charge against student collective member


That’s the decision of the “Associate Director for Investigations, Group Accountability, Student Conduct and Community Standards”. But the administration continues to press charges against other students. The Senate will debate a plea for leniency at its Nov 29th meeting. Reporter Casey Crowley has the story in the Emerald:

… At her Administrative Conference with Katy Larkin, associate director for investigations, group accountability, student conduct and community standards, Loustaunau presented Larkin with evidence that showed that Loustaunau was not at the protest.

This evidence includes: screenshots of a Skype call from the time and date of the protest, screenshots of two texts that suggest she did not come to the UO campus that day until after the protest was over, a letter from her friend who she was on the Skype call with, a letter from her advisor and head of the sociology department who attended the protest and confirmed that Loustaunau was not there, and pictures of herself from the day of the protest, according to Loustaunau. In addition, her friend who she was on the Skype call with her confirmed over the phone that he was on Skype with Loustaunau at the time of the protest.

Larkin used Loustaunau’s indication of “going” on a Facebook event for the protest as well as photos from the protest of a woman she thought was Loustaunau and Loustaunau’s Facebook profile picture to decide to charge her with conduct code violations, according to Loustaunau. …

11/3/2017:  Facebook click led UO to charge grad student with disrupting Schill’s speech

Just when you thought the UO administration’s response to the student protest couldn’t get any more ridiculous, it does. Daily Emerald reporter Casey Crowley has the latest:

A University of Oregon student who was charged with student conduct code violations for participating in a demonstration on Oct. 6 says she was not at the protest.

… “This is what I found particularly problematic, I did put attending on a Facebook event,” said [the UO grad student]. “Like everyone, I get sent a bunch of events. I put ‘attending’ to most of them randomly.”

So it seems that UO is paying staff (UOPD? DoS? VP for Communication?) to monitor the UO Student Collective’s Facebook site, and they used this student’s click mark to decide that she’d disrupted President Schill’s right to speak. Then they sent her a discipline letter. More from Crowley’s report:

In order to identify students to charge with conduct code violations, the conduct office looked at photos, videos and social media activity that was available, [UO spokesperson Tobin Klinger] said.

[The student] said she will contest the charges and go through an administrative conference, where she can present information so that the conduct office has a full understanding of the situation.

Presumably this also explains how Klinger was able to make his prejudicial statement to the Oregonian that  “.. the demonstration actually violated university policy…” just 5 minutes after the protest ended. He knew the students were guilty, because he’d already read it on Facebook. This might raise a few entrapment issues?

I’ve read about thought-crime, and I saw a movie about pre-crime, but leave it to the UO administration to charge a student with the latest: Facebook-crime.

For the curious, here’s the UO Student Collective’s Facebook page. This may cost me my tenure, but I just clicked the “Like” box:

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9 Responses to UO drops Facebook click charge against student collective member

  1. dog says:

    in the spirit of minority report

    I think this is

    Facebook pre-crime …

    and yes, its beyond asinine

  2. just different says:

    So despite a complete absence of evidence that she did anything wrong, this student is going to have to formally contest bogus disciplinary charges as though they were substantive. How Kafkaesque. I wonder what would happen if she did nothing and just ignored this for-show witch-hunt nonsense.

  3. Ugh says:

    Kafkaesque, really? Come on man.

    • Uncle Charles says:

      Yes really. If this isn’t Kafka-esque then I don’t know what is. Better yet, read Kafka.

  4. Bob Keefer says:

    I’m not a lawyer and I don’t play on on TV, but this certainly seems like a government (the UO) effort to stifle free speech (posting on FB).

    Maybe time to get the ACLU involved? Seems like a real lawyer might be able to get this student’s tuition paid for the rest of her UO career with the right lawsuit.

  5. DWD says:

    I think we’ve unearthed the real crime here:

    “She said that she attends less than 10 percent of Facebook events that she marks attending on.”

  6. as with most says:

    This was taken from the athletics dept playbook, where they closely monitor all social media activity. Scodux!

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