Washington State’s Board of Regents will meet Friday, and they will have plenty of company. In light of Robert Barber’s suspension, representatives from an array of groups will present their case against the process of university’s student conduct board.
CougFam, a group of parents of student athletes, are among those leading the charge. Thursday, Tracy Cracraft (aka mama cracraft) tweeted out a letter of what the group will be presenting at the meeting.
State Senator Michael Baumgartner of Spokane, Jack Thompson, and the Chair of the Asian-Pacific Islander Coalition, Diane Narasaki, will join the parents. In the letter, the parents specify that they aren’t looking for special treatment for football players. Instead, they say that Barber’s case merely brought the problems of the SCB to light.
They suggest that the regents "disband" the SCB all together and reinstate all students currently suspended, barring extreme circumstances. The biggest issue that CougFam has with the SCB is the lack of due process afforded to students.
After the meeting, Baumgartner will be holding a press conference with Samoan community leaders and parents of student athletes to discuss the SCB. This will be the second press conference the Senator will have had on the issue in the last week.
WSU President Kirk Schulz announced today that he too will be taking questions on the SCB after the regents meeting. Whatever ends up happening in the meeting, there will likely be fireworks afterwards.
On final thing to note is that, WSU has filed a response to Barber’s request to stay his suspension according to Stefanie Loh of the Seattle Times. The university requested that the court deny the stay, and brought a new incident to light. In March, Barber was arrested for an encounter with an off-duty police officer where Barber allegedly threatened the officer. WSU contends that Barber has an illustrated history of violent behavior and is a safety threat to fellow students. Read Loh’s article here.
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