Ann Arbor, Mich. (Michigan News Source) – The University of Michigan has opened the discussion to implement consequences for students whose activities disrupt university operations after roughly 100 students staged a protest during the 101st annual Honors Convocation last Sunday afternoon.

The protesters opposed the school’s stance on the Israel-Hamas conflict, and was organized by a group called TAHRIR Coalition which includes more than 80 student organizations according to the Detroit Free Press.

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Soon after the convocation, UM President Santa Ono addressed the conduct in an email sent to students on Tuesday.

“We all must understand that, while protest is valued and protected, disruptions are not,” Ono wrote. “One group’s right to protest does not supersede the right of others to participate in a joyous event. The protesters’ intrusion on one of the university’s most important academic traditions was unacceptable. It was not in keeping with our student code and our longstanding policy on freedom of speech and artistic expression.”

The proposed draft would initially charge students with a written notice of disruptive activity and provide the chance to meet with a UM school official.

“The University of Michigan-Ann Arbor (the University) respects, encourages, and defends free speech and free expressive activity as bedrock principles of our academic community,” the draft reads. “Those principles extend to engagement in the University community, including academic and social activities, gatherings, and celebrations. … No one has the right to infringe on the exercise of others’ speech and activities by disrupting the normal celebrations, activities, and operations of the University.”

According to UM, “Under the draft Disruptive Activity Policy, students accused of a violation would receive written notice and, after an opportunity to meet with a U-M official, may accept responsibility and an assigned sanction, or choose to participate in a hearing.”

If a sanction was assigned, it would include a formal reprimand “up to and including suspension or expulsion,” according to the draft policy.

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Contractors, volunteers and visitors who violate the policy could also face penalties, not just students.

UM has opened the door for community feedback regarding the policy.

On Wednesday, UM opened a feedback survey in which individuals could weigh in on the draft policy.

In a Frequently Asked Questions page about the survey, the university addresses several concerns including whether or not the survey will be anonymous.

“The Disruptive Activity Policy survey is anonymous,” according to the FAQ page, “Valid University of Michigan credentials are required. The survey is designed to gather opinions and perspectives, not information on who chose to provide the feedback. User name information or other metadata are not being collected.”

The university is requesting feedback regarding the proposed policy from students, faculty, and staff members by April 3.