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Ten Students Cited


Ten Students Cited for Trespassing

Protest over sweatshops ends in citations

(April 12, 2006)

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (www.ucr.edu) -- Ten students who occupied the UC Riverside chancellor's office for nearly 12 hours were cited for trespassing late last night.

About a dozen students demanding tougher University of California regulations on companies manufacturing collegiate apparel burst into the office at 12:20 p.m, while Chancellor France Cordova was there. She soon left the room to convey by phone their message to UC President Robert Dynes, returned to talk with the students, then left for previous committments about 1:45 p.m.

She noted that Dynes has a meeting Thursday with the UC Committee on Code of Conduct which is looking into the United Students Against Sweatshops demands.

At various times during the afternoon and evening, the students were asked by administrators to leave so the university could conduct business. They also were asked, unsuccessfully, to stay off the balcony of the 46-year-old Hinderaker Hall for safety reasons.

Police Chief Mike Lane told the chancellor at about 10 p.m. that he could no longer maintain the safety and security of the campus and at the same time manage the situation at Hinderaker Hall. Citations started at ll:35 p.m. and continued to 12:10 a.m. The students, who cooperated with officers, were released outside the campus administration building. There was no damage to the chancellor's office.

The chancellor, who has met with the group five times, has said she supports their goal of making sure workers are fairly treated and not exploited, and she is awaiting a May report from the code of conduct committee.

UCR is abiding by the current UC policy, which requires that companies that manufacture clothing with campus logos follow established baseline standards for humane working conditions.

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