|January 22, 2006
Friday, January 20, 2006, the Bruin Alumni Association
retained the services of Kevin Snider (chief counsel of the Pacific Justice
Institute) in dealing with UCLA’s challenges against our offer to
students $10, $50 or $100 for varying levels of documentation of
professorial behavior. (see PDF of UCLA's letter).
Snider concluded that our program fell well within the constitutional
news-gathering protections of the First Amendment. (see PDF of PJI's letter)
While the BAA and Mr. Snider remain convinced
that we would ultimately prevail in court, we also recognize that the
become a distraction from the real
problem, which is classroom indoctrination by UCLA professors.
UCLA’s repeated assertions that student assistance
in our news-gathering program would constitute a violation of UCLA's Student Code of Conduct have had a
chilling effect on their willingness to participate.
The BAA and Mr. Snider maintain that such
paid student newsgathering is legal, and the Code’s
provisions are overbroad. Nonetheless, we
do not wish to place UCLA’s already
abused students in jeopardy of administrative persecution.
as of 1:00 p.m. today, January 22, 2006, the
Bruin Alumni Association is ending its offer to pay students for
unprofessional professor behavior. However,
we continue to encourage students to
consult with the BAA (anonymously
if necessary) for advice in reporting, documenting, and publicizing
professor behavior in past or current classes.
Bruin Alumni Association