UC Berkeley has decided not to pursue action against students involved in protests against budget cuts which took place at Cal in November and December last year, and involved the occupation of Wheeler Hall.

In a memo distributed yesterday to the campus, the university stated: “We have decided not to pursue student conduct actions against students involved in activities during Live Week on the morning of December 11. Given the genuine confusion on the part of some students regarding dispersal orders, we understand the need to continue our efforts to educate faculty, staff, and students on specific campus policies so that individuals can make more informed decisions about actions governed by the Code of Student Conduct.”

The university had threatened to suspend students and make many of them write academic papers concerning their role in the occupation of Wheeler Hall. Police arrested 61 protesters at Wheeler Hall on December 11.

Journalism student Josh Wolf is facing a seven-month suspension from UC Berkeley for being in Wheeler Hall when it was occupied.

A group of Cal students began a hunger strike yesterday on campus to protest a number of issues, among them a call that the university drop disciplinary charges against protesters from the occupation of Wheeler Hall.

Clarification: The university’s decision relates purely to those who were protesting on December 11.

Update: Reader Icarus writes in to say that there are still over 50 students facing charges, and that the first conduct hearing is set for tomorrow at 3 pm.

Tracey Taylor

Tracey Taylor is co-founder of Berkeleyside and co-founder and editorial director of Cityside, the nonprofit parent to Berkeleyside and The Oaklandside. Before launching Berkeleyside, Tracey wrote for...

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  1. Thank goodness. When UC Berkeley announced that it planned to punish students that disrupted the education of others, I thought that it was preposterous. The students shouldn’t have known that UCB would actually enforce its rules and stand up for itself, rather than back cowardly down to the most fringe elements on campus; I mean, the university never acts in that way. The suspensions reminded me of the people that suggested that the millions spent protecting the tree sitters could have been used to keep students’ tuitions down or something crazy like that. Without the tree sitters and protesters, how can the university demonstrate to the nation that it is full of lunatics? How can Game Day coverage on ESPN legitimately paint the city with reefer madness?

    When I went back east for winter break, my parents said that they had seen Berkeley in the news. Was it because one of our professors won the Nobel Prize in economics? Nope, it was the Wheeler protests. Go Bears!

  2. As one of the students currently facing conduct charges at Berkeley, there are still over 50 students facing such charges. Only those involved in Live Week and arrested on Dec. 11 have had their cases dropped. The first conduct hearing is set to occur tomorrow at 3 pm.