Student protesters who interrupt Carleton board meetings could face penalties

April 5, 2011

Carleton University president Roseann O'Reilly Runte says student protesters who block board of governors members from attending meetings could face fines or be barred from campus. In an e-mail to members of the university community, sent in response to a protest last week that forced the board to cancel its meeting, Runte states that in the future, people preventing access or refusing to follow guidelines set by campus security will be charged under the institution's student code with a non-academic offence. Penalties may include suspension of privileges, such as access to campus, a monetary fine, or loss of academic status. "It is not the privilege of any group to threaten to stop the work of the university," Runte says. Ottawa Citizen