ACLU chastises UC Santa Cruz over student protest |

ACLU chastises UC Santa Cruz over student protest

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (AP) – The American Civil Liberties Union is criticizing the University of California, Santa Cruz for the way it punished students for their alleged involvement in a November campus protest over fee increases.

In a letter sent to UC Santa Cruz officials Tuesday, the ACLU cites possible violations of due process for 36 students who were fined for allegedly occupying and damaging Kerr Hall.

Earlier this month, the students each were fined $944 for damages caused by the three-day sit-in at the administration building.

University officials say there is clear evidence that all the fined students participated in conduct that violated school policy. Officials also say the students have an opportunity to review the evidence against them and appeal the sanctions.

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