SG President Faces Disciplinary Charges for Facilitating Sit-In
If you can't do the time, don't do the crime.
That's my take on the illegal student-led sit-in on May 19th at Levi Hall at the University of Chicago, where the university administration is located. Tyler Kissinger, the fourth-year Student Government president who opened the doors (literally) and made it possible for protesters to infiltrate Levi Hall, faces disciplinary action at a hearing set for this Friday, June 10th - one day before the rest of his class graduates. Sucks, doesn't it?
Yeah, well, that's what happens when you abuse your power, position, and privilege by tricking security into letting you gain unauthorized access under the pretense of "official SG business". Here in the real world, we call that trespassing and obstruction of justice. The free-speech cry-hards can go home, too. This isn't a matter of free speech or expression; there's plenty of ways to freely express yourself without breaking into buildings or infringing on others' rights. It's like a bank robber trying to contest his guilt by arguing that demanding money is a form of free speech.
Kissinger says that he hopes he won't get expelled, citing a "lack of precedent". But as the Maroon points out, "In March 1969, however, 42 students were expelled and 81 were suspended for a sit-in." Sounds like plenty of precedent to me! ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
I don't think he should get off lightly. The University of Chicago, let alone any other reputable institution, should not be in the business of awarding degrees to people of Kissinger's ilk who lie and deceive to get what they want. Just because you're an SJW doesn't mean you magically get to be above the law.