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MSU Suspended Over Oren Protest
The University of California, Irvine suspended its Muslim Student Union (MSU) for a year after a school investigation concluded the group organized disruptions of a February speech by Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren, then lied about it.
The suspension is effective September 1. The chapter must complete 50 hours of community service before it can apply for reinstatement. If that is granted, the MSU faces another year of disciplinary probation.
In a 14-page letter dated May 27, UCI Housing Senior Executive Director Lisa Cornish detailed the findings of the school investigation. It found that MSU violated four student policies involving dishonesty, obstructing disciplinary procedures, disorderly conduct and "participation in a disturbance of the peace of unlawful assembly."
Oren spoke at the Irvine campus February 8. His remarks were interrupted at least 10 different times by students who blasted him as a murderer and a war criminal. He briefly suspended his talk, resuming it only after school officials tried to restore order and repeatedly advised the audience that the outbursts violated student conduct codes.
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