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Middlebury College's Charles Murray Protesters Disciplined, But Not Charged by Police

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By    |   Thursday, 25 May 2017 08:58 AM

Middlebury College said it will discipline 67 protesters for disruptive actions during and after political scientist Charles Murray's lecture at the Vermont institution on March 2, but police will not be pressing any charges.

After about 150 students shouted down Murray inside, a professor was injured and protesters, many of them students, blocked a car carrying Murray from leaving the Middlebury campus until security intervened, reported The Associated Press.

Murray had been invited to the liberal arts college by a conservative student group. He is best known for his books "The Bell Curve: Intelligence and Class Structure in American Life" and "Coming Apart: The State of White America, 1960-2010."

The Southern Poverty Law Center has called Murray a white nationalist who uses "racist pseudoscience and misleading statistics to argue that social inequality is caused by the genetic inferiority of the black and Latino communities, women and the poor," said the AP.

"In total, the college disciplined 67 students with sanctions ranging from probation to official college discipline, which places a permanent record in the student's file," according to a Middlebury College statement on Wednesday.

"Some graduate schools and employers require individuals to disclose official college discipline in their applications. Forty-one students received sanctions from the college administration for participating in the first stage of the disruptive protest in Wilson Hall."

Middlebury said 26 students, who faced more serious consequences for actions in the hall and outside the building, were sanctioned by the college's community judicial board, which held group and individual hearings this month.

The college said student sanctions are considered confidential under federal law.

The Middlebury Police Department announced Tuesday it will not file criminal charges in connection with the incidents, reported the Burlington Free Press.

The police investigation identified individuals about 20 people outside the McCullough Student Center on March 2, but not the individual who injured professor Allison Stanger as she left the center with Murray, police told the Free Press.

The AP reported in March that Stanger's hair was pulled and she was eventually treated at a hospital and was released.

"We are not anticipating any criminal charges to be filed at this time due to insufficient evidence against any specific individual," said a statement from police, per the Free Press.

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Middlebury College said it will discipline 67 protesters for disruptive actions during and after political scientist Charles Murray's lecture at the Vermont institution on March 2, but police will not be pressing any charges.
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