As of publication time, decisions had been issued by the hearing panels
for seven of the 10 students charged under the universitys Code
of Rights and Responsibilities regarding the disturbance on Sept. 9 and
Although the hearings and names of those charged are confidential, some
students charged under the Code have talked openly about their cases.
It was reported in The Gazette on Feb. 8 that Samer Elatrash had
been suspended for three years. He was found guilty of all five charges
against him, including creating a hostile environment and harassment.
He said he would appeal the ruling on the grounds of procedural bias.
Of the seven decisions rendered, charges were upheld against four people,
ranging from 50 hours of community service to Elatrashs sentence.
The students concerned have 15 working days to appeal to a different panel
of students taken from the hearing pool. The only grounds for appeal are
serious, prejudicial procedural defects or new evidence.
At a meeting of the universitys board of governors yesterday, Rector
Frederick Lowy indicated that while two student panelists have reportedly
claimed that in one case they were coerced by university representatives
to render harsh sanctions, he had been assured that there was no validity
to this allegation, and the process of the hearings was fair and thorough.
The charges stemmed from a protest against a scheduled speech by ex-Israeli
prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sept. 9 and its aftermath. When violence
broke out in the Hall Building, the speech was cancelled.
Charges have also been laid against some students by the police, and
those cases are still before the courts.