Yale Student Charges Cheney

Thomas Frampton had a plan. It was a long time hatching, but when he finally saw his chance to charge the Vice President of the United States he didn’t give it a second thought – he was convinced that his futile gesture was a good idea. The New York Post notes:

…[A]uthorities revealed details of how a Bush-hating Yale student wrestled with Secret Service agents and tried to get close to Vice President Dick Cheney Monday night at Madison Square Garden before being charged with assault

Thomas Frampton, 21, a straight – A student and son of a prominent attorney, allegedly approached and spewed anti-war messages at Cheney after dressing up as a GOP supporter and using false credentials to get into the Garden, officials said.

Frampton, who was released on 50,000 dollars bail, is a prominent Yale activist who has been arrested in the past, a prosecutor said.

He gained notoriety when he was among a group of Yale students who filed charges demanding the university president be fired over his handling of a labor situation at the school.I wondered if Frampton’s illegal action would jeopardize his continued attendance at Yale. My initial research indicates that were university officials to follow the letter of their student codes it very well may be grounds for suspension or dismissal.

If you’re wondering if the University could punish a student for outside actions, the answer is yes. Whether they should is another discussion, but across the country universities have held students accountable to their code of conduct whether school was in session or not.

The Yale Medical School (which presumably has similar standards as the University) has this to say about the kind of criminal conduct Frampton engaged in:

Yale Code of Conduct and Anti-discrimination Policy

The principle of freedom of expression that might otherwise protect even the most offensive public speech does not protect, nor does it even encompass, a right to threaten the dignity and privacy of an individual. Such personally directed behavior will not be tolerated; it is antithetical to academic values, debilitates its victims, compromises the offenders, and undermines the University’s fundamental commitment to individual freedom and respect for all its members. Furthermore acts of intolerance may destroy the very atmosphere wherein freedom of expression is otherwise tolerated and cherished.

Contact the President Richard C. Levin at (203) 432-1333, or by e-mail: opa@yale.edu and let him know you expect the university to act.

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