A Friday memo emailed from Washington's Evergreen State College's administrators to the student body said that actions taken by the social justice advocates over the last few months — including intimidation and prohibition of egress from school areas — have been illegal, and could result in criminal charges.
According to The College Fix, Vice President for Student Affairs Wendy Endress wrote in a July 14 memo that recent events by social justice warrior students have tarnished Evergreen State College's reputation to the point that enrollment at the college has fallen.
Furthermore, Endress noted that Washington legislators had introduced two bills to phase out public funding for Evergreen, turning the college into a private entity.
According to the College Fix, in early June state Rep. Matt Manweller introduced House Bill 2221, and state Sen. Phil Fortunato introduced sister legislation Senate Bill 5946. The bills would remove funding from Evergreen, and "give it to the UW engineering program, STEM programs, math, [and] science,” according a KIRO interview with Manweller on June 8.
“Let’s spend the money on a credible degree rather than a social justice, victimization, woe-is-me, I want reparations, pseudo-science they are teaching at Evergreen,” Manweller told KIRO.
“When this bill passes, they can still feed each other all the Marxist nonsense they want, they just won’t be able to do it with money from my constituents unless my constituents choose to donate to it – which I doubt,” Fortunato told Auburn Reporter on June 4.
In Endress' memo, she listed two incidents in particular as their "greatest concern.":
On May 23, a sizable group approached the classroom where faculty member Bret Weinstein was leading his academic program, Hacking Human Nature. The group interrupted the program and others held in the same building, shouted for Weinstein to resign, and blocked Evergreen law enforcement officers who were responding to a call about the situation.
On May 24, some Evergreen employees working in the Library felt trapped in the building due to protestors blocking exits and office doors; some employees reported being stopped in the parking lot and on the roadway, questioned, and detained in their vehicles; and more than one individual reported being followed and their freedom of movement hindered.
Endress' memo went on to warn students that intimidation, and obstructing people from leaving is "criminal," and may result in charges, College Fix reported.
“In the future, individuals could be charged with crimes including obstructing law enforcement, disorderly conduct, criminal mischief, and/or unlawful imprisonment," Endress wrote. "Preventing a law enforcement officer from responding could place community members at great risk. Blocking egress doors is a violation of fire codes. This action endangered everyone in the Library.”
According to College Fix, Endress did not mention the incidents involving the baseball bat-wielding group that assaulted a dissenting student, nor the intimidation of college President George Bridges, who was given a list of demands as a large crowd of students shouted at and insulted him.
Much of Evergreen's troubles began in May, when Weinstein refused to leave campus during a "Day of Absence," in which black and Latino students typically leave the campus. That year, black and Latino students wanted to reverse the order, forcing white students to leave. This resulted in the May 23 incident where a group of student activists confronted Weinstein, then screamed and insulted the professor.
Last Wednesday, students and faculty testified in front of Evergreen's board of trustees about the deteriorating situation at the college. Among those who testified were Weinstein, who told the board that "people were, by the legal definition I believe, kidnapped and imprisoned. That included faculty members and administrators. Others were hunted on the campus."