NEWARK — Rutgers University President Eric Barron announced Wednesday that no students should lose their academic status or lose their jobs because of a “campus riot” at the university’s main campus in Newark.
Barron, who announced the decision in a letter to students and faculty members, also said the university will allow students to take classes from Monday through Friday during the week to give them the chance to attend classes and make up for lost time.
He made the announcement as thousands of students protested against President Eric J. Holder Jr.’s decision to dismiss students from classes and other campus events on Sept. 17.
On Sept. 18, Rutgers and the state legislature voted to expel nearly 800 students for disrupting the graduation ceremony at the New Brunswick-Newark campus.
On Wednesday, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the dismissal and reinstated students’ rights to be heard during the trial.
Rutgers students said they have faced harassment and intimidation during the four-month trial, which has resulted in more than 200 lawsuits against the university.
The university says students who did not attend the trial and the verdict have not been expelled.
Barrico says the university is cooperating with federal prosecutors and is cooperating fully with the investigation.
He says the University is committed to protecting students’ civil liberties and upholding the rights of all of our students, faculty and staff.
The university says it will begin allowing students to retake classes on Monday and will allow for the return of classes on Friday.