WMU News

Trustees condemn disturbance, urge personal responsibility

March 22, 2002

KALAMAZOO -- Acting in response to an off-campus disturbance in Kalamazoo March 16, Western Michigan University trustees unanimously passed a resolution March 22 calling for swift action and urging students and student organizations to promote responsible behavior and personal responsibility.

Noting that the events and "demonstrated inability or unwillingness of some students to conduct themselves in a prudent fashion respectful of others' rights are contrary to the values of Western Michigan University and will not be tolerated," trustees urged President Elson S. Floyd to "continue to take swift, decisive and appropriate action in cooperation with the city and county of Kalamazoo" to curtail events of this type in the future.

Such events, the resolution noted, "endanger the safety and welfare of the University, its students, faculty, staff and the public."

The board's resolution, introduced at a regularly scheduled meeting, also called for students and student groups to "assume responsibility for their actions, to take whatever steps are necessary to prevent such occurrences in the future and to promote responsible behavior among the entire student body."

Media contact: Cheryl Roland, 269 387-8400, cheryl.roland@wmich.edu

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