23 March 2012

1. LETTER TO THE VICE-CHANCELLOR RE PUNISHMENT OF OWEN HOLLAND

Please find below (and attached) a letter that will be sent to the 
Vice-Chancellor next week. If you would like to add your signature to it, 
please email your name, with title, and with college affiliation where 
applicable, to cachecampaigns@yahoo.co.uk.

The deadline for signatures is midnight on Tuesday (27th).

Due to the content of the letter, it has been thought best to limit
signatories to current or former staff at the University. However, links
to further petitions can be found here:

https://donsspeakout.wordpress.com/

Dear Vice-Chancellor,

We deplore and condemn in the strongest possible terms the harsh
sentence of rustication for seven terms imposed on Owen Holland after
his conviction for 'impeding freedom of speech'.

In imposing this sentence, the Court of Discipline has brought the
University into disrepute.We note the negative publicity in broadsheet
newspapers, in respected political magazines, and in other national and
international media.In these circumstances, it behoves the Council to
take prompt action to remedy this situation on behalf of the Regent
House and other concerned members of the University.

The unreasonable severity of the sentence has destroyed our confidence
in the Court.We think this case calls into question the University's own
procedures for administering justice; we therefore call for a review of
the processes used by the Court of Discipline, in order to guarantee
that they are as transparent and as fair as the University's members
require.

It is essential that the University leadership make clear to our
students, academics and other staff - past, present, and future -- that
public protest is a legitimate activity.Irrespective of individual
opinions regarding the protest action itself, the punishment of Owen
Holland will cause untold damage to the long-term vitality and
independence of the University community, particularly the student
body.This is unacceptable.

We demand Owen Holland's reinstatement with immediate effect.

2. OVER 50 ACADEMICS SIGN LETTER CONDEMNING STUDENT CONVICTION

http://www.defendeducation.co.uk/over-50-academics-sign-letter-condemning-student-conviction

3. PRESS COVERAGE OF WEDNESDAY'S SILENT PROTEST

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cambridgeshire-17462538

http://www.varsity.co.uk/news/4633

http://www.tcs.cam.ac.uk/issue/news/students-and-staff-stage-silent-protest-as-cambridge-university-chancellor-installed/

http://www.tcs.cam.ac.uk/uncategorized/this-is-not-justice-stop-the-sentence-owen-holland-petition-delivered-to-vice-chancellor/

http://www.cambridge-news.co.uk/Home/New-chancellor-of-Cambridge-University-installed-21032012.htm
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