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California State University Issues Statement on Today's Board meeting

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(November 16, 2011) - Due to the disruption of today's meeting of the California State University Board of Trustees, it was necessary for the board to adjourn in open session to finish action on its agenda. This was done under provisions of the Bagley Keene Act regarding disruption of public meetings that states:

"In the event that any meeting is willfully interrupted by a group or groups of persons so as to render the orderly conduct of such meeting unfeasible and order cannot be restored by the removal of individuals who are willfully interrupting the meeting the state body conducting the meeting may order the meeting room cleared and continue in session. Nothing in this section shall prohibit the state body from establishing a procedure for readmitting an individual or individuals not responsible for willfully disturbing the orderly conduct of the meeting. Notwithstanding any other provision of law, only matters appearing on the agenda may be considered in such a session. Representatives of the press or other news media, except those participating in the disturbance, shall be allowed to attend any session held pursuant to this section."

In addition, actions by members of groups attending the meeting resulted in both personal injury to three California State University police officers, and the arrest of four individuals. There was also damage to the building when the glass entrance doors to the Chancellor's office were shattered.

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