The Executive Council of the Davis Division of the Academic Senate issues the following statement:
"The Executive Council, on behalf of the Davis Division of the Academic Senate, strongly supports the right of all campus citizens to assemble and protest peacefully. It is totally unacceptable to use excessive force against peaceful protesters. The UC Davis administration must assume full accountability for the actions taken on Friday, November 18, 2011. We must assure a campus environment that welcomes diverse perspectives and fosters freedom of expression. We are in full support of an investigation into recent events and a public accounting of all findings."
The Executive Council also approved the formation of a Special Committee to investigate in a thorough and timely manner the events leading to the use of force on Friday, November 18, 2011.
Finally, I am also calling a Special Meeting of the Representative Assembly.
Linda F. Bisson,Chair, Davis Division of the Academic SenateProfessor, Department of Viticulture and EnologyUniversity of California, DavisDavis CA 95616