Sunil Kumar

Hopkins officials call building occupation 'criminal,' offer amnesty to student protesters who leave Garland Hall

Hopkins officials call building occupation 'criminal,' offer amnesty to student protesters who leave Garland Hall

The Johns Hopkins University president and provost describe the “forcible occupation” of the campus’ main administrative building as a violation of criminal law and are offering amnesty to students who leave, in an open letter Tuesday to protesters.

President Ronald J. Daniels and Provost Sunil Kumar wrote that the occupation of Garland Hall is “not merely a disruption, it is a violation of criminal trespass law and University policy which presents health and safety risks, and takes a toll on the entire community.”

They wrote that the consequences of breaking the university’s policy, the Student Code of Conduct and the law could mean suspension or expulsion from Hopkins or...

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