Middlebury College Announces Sanctions For Students Involved in Violent Protests

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Middlebury College announced sanctions for 67 students who were involved with protests that disrupted Charles Murray’s scheduled talk and placed a professor in a neck brace.

On March 2, American Enterprise Institute scholar Charles Murray was scheduled to speak at Middlebury College. Both students and faculty opposed Murray’s talk. Students accused Murray of perpetuating racism while faculty denounced his work as “eugenics”-supporting “propaganda.”

At the event, students successfully shut down the planned talk by shouting profanity and mantras such as, “Racist, sexist, anti-gay: Charles Murray, go away.” Murray, along with Middlebury professor Allison Stanger, attempted to move the talk to another location when they were attacked by a mob.

According to her account of the incident, students pulled Stanger’s hair, shoved her, and attacked her car. She was ultimately placed in a neck brace as a result of the violence.

In a press release on the college website, Middlebury College wrote the school had finished placing sanctions on students involved in the nondescript “March 2 disruptions.”

According to the college, a total of 67 students were disciplined for their actions. Out of the 67 students punished, 41 received “sanctions” for their participation in what is called the “first state of the protests.” The 26 other students received sanctions from the judicial board, which is an “official College discipline.” Middlebury College claims an official College Discipline gets placed on students’ permanent records, which impacts their ability to attend graduate school in the future or, potentially, receive employment if an employer requests transcripts.

Although some students were punished and receive marks in their transcripts, none of the students appear to have been suspended or expelled for their actions and participation in violence on campus.

The Middlebury Police Department, for the town of Middlebury, did not punish any of the individuals responsible for their violence.

The department said it is “unable to identify any specific individual responsible for the injuries sustained by Stanger.”

For those who the police department was able to identify, the department said they haven’t come up with anything to charge them with:

Further, the department said that while it had identified a number of other people who were in the crowd of more than 20 people outside the event venue, “on consultation with the Addison County State’s Attorney it was determined that there was insufficient information to charge any specific person who participated in damaging the car or interfering with or blocking the car’s progress as it exited the parking lot.

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