Since March 2012, Holy Cross has violated the college’s peaceful protest policy by banning me from campus and banning the protest from campus right after I began the Vigil for Justice. I was banned by order of the president, who doesn’t seem to know or care about the policies of the college.
This is the text of the policy (with its typos):
“A. PEACEFUL, NON-OBSTUCTIVE DEMONSTRATIONS
Generally, demonstrations of this kind should not be interrupted. Demonstrators would not be obstructed or provoked and efforts would be made to conduct College business as normally as possible.
If demonstrators are asked to leave but refuse to leave by regular facility closing time:
1. Arrangements will be made by the Director of Public Safety to monitor the situation during non-business hours, or
2. Determination will be made to treat the violation of regular closing hours as a disruptive demonstration (see section B).”
The protest policy of the college can be found in the college’s Emergency Response Manual. You can download the manual by going to http://offices.holycross.edu/publicsafety/emergencies At the bottom of the page there is a link to the download.
The director of public safety, Robert Hart, told me he was instructed to write the March 2012 letter banning me from campus and banning the protest from campus. Public safety officers said it came from the president. Hart told me in June 2013 to see the college lawyer, Vincent O’Rourke, to address it. I wrote three months ago and never heard back from O’Rourke.