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October 9, 2006

Official Statement from Gallaudet President I. King Jordan: Oct. 9, 6 pm

From: Gallaudet - Oct 9, 2006


October 9, 2006, 6 p.m.

Dear Members of the Campus Community,

I was looking forward to announcing a peaceful resolution today to the campus building takeover. We actually had a signed agreement this afternoon with the president of the Student Body Government. He has since rescinded his signature.

We have been negotiating in good faith throughout the weekend and each time we thought we had arrived at an agreement, the dissenters changed their demands. The barricading of Hall Memorial Building (HMB) has forced us to reschedule classes and interfered with the business of the University.

We call on the dissenters to cease their occupation and allow the students who want to attend their classes to do so. We continue to respect their right to free speech, but not to force their views on the rest of the campus. We advise them to come out of the building now.

I. King Jordan