The University of California says it wants to create a consistent and transparent set of guidelines for how university administrators communicate with university police at all 10 campuses within the system, according to a draft of the Robinson- Edley report released today. The report was commissioned by UC President Mark G. Yudof in November to examine best practices for handling demonstrations and civil disobedience after violent confrontations erupted between police and students at UC Berkeley and UC Davis.

Yudof instructed UC General Counsel Charles Robinson and UC Berkeley Law Dean Christopher Edley to examine how municipalities, organizations and university campuses nationwide manage protests, and create a series of recommendations to clarify how UC administrators and police should communicate with one another during protests and acts of civil disobedience.

The report lists 50 policy recommendations to help guide the system’s future responses to protests, including the deployment of mediators instead of police.

The report also suggests that campus administrators be trained in de-escalation techniques and that they develop internal student disciplinary measures instead of having protesters arrested and sent through the criminal justice system.

Today’s report comes a few weeks after the release of UC Davis’ Cruz Reynoso report, which was critical of the university’s handling of the demonstrations that led to the pepper-spraying of seated student protesters by campus police. That report laid blame on both the administration and UC police.

Executive summary of today’s Robinson-Edley report

Full report

UC Draft Report on Police Response to Protests Makes 50 Recommendations; Read the Report 4 May,2012KQED News Staff and Wires

  • Anonymous

    Campus cops at UC Berkeley are not to blame but the senior management of UC Berkeley are to blame. Campus cops report to Chancellor Birgeneau and in his absence Provost Breslauer. Provost Bresleurer mediatted with students protesting Birgeneau’s doubling of tuition with his campus police.

    With the recommendations of Cal. Chancellor Birgeneau
    ($450,000 salary), Provost George Breslauer ($306,000 salary) allowed campus
    police to use excessive force – rammed baton jabs – on students protesting
    Birgeneau‘s doubling of instate tuition. Birgeneau resigned: sack Provost Breslauer.


    Send a forceful message that these Cal. senior management decisions simply
    aren’t acceptable: UC Board of Regents and Calif.
    State Senator and Assemblymember.


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