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Understanding the Consequences of Campus Demonstrations in my MBA Career

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Last Updated on May 3, 2024 by Robert C. Hoopes

In a wave of protests against the ongoing war in Gaza, hundreds of college students have been arrested this week, facing criminal charges across the United States.

Arrests were made at prestigious institutions such as Columbia University, City College of New York, University of Texas, Tulane University, and Arizona State University. However, in a surprising turn of events, Travis County prosecutors dropped charges against 57 people arrested at the University of Texas, citing a lack of probable cause.

Prosecutors are now faced with the task of requiring strong evidence for convictions, as many charges may be dropped. This mirrors past instances where charges against protesters have been dropped, such as after the death of George Floyd in 2020.

New York City Mayor Eric Adams has claimed that many protesters at Columbia and CUNY were “outside agitators” with no affiliation to the universities. Charges against arrested students vary, ranging from trespassing to burglary.

The Legal Aid Society has criticized the NYPD for detaining protesters for low-level offenses and holding them past legal limits. Protesters arrested at Tulane University may face charges of trespassing, resisting arrest, and battery on an officer.

Advocates have raised concerns about the police tactics used in these arrests, including the use of pepper spray and tactical gear. However, supporters of the protesters have shown solidarity and jubilation at arraignments at the Manhattan Criminal Courthouse.

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As the legal proceedings unfold, it remains to be seen how many of these students will ultimately be convicted of the charges brought against them. Stay tuned to My MBA Career for further updates on this developing story.

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Phyllis J. Broussard is an accomplished writer and educator with a passion for MBA courses. With years of experience in both academia and industry, she has established herself as an expert in the field of business education. Her writing on MBA courses is highly regarded for its depth of insight and practical application.

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