Three Georgetown University students face disciplinary action in connection with a noisy demonstration last month outside a dormintory lounge where former Secretary of State Henry kissinger was giving a lecture on "Fundamental Problems of American Diplomacy."
The three students, Carol Emigs, 21, Margaret Yoklavic, 19, and David Alcantara, 20, received notice in the mail last Friday that campus police had charged each of them with "failure to comply with a university official and disorderly conduct" as a result of the March 12 protest.
The three are scheduled to appear before a student adjudication board on April 19, Emigs said. A hearing board official said yesterday that the students could be fined, warned against future infractions or suspended from the university if they are found guilty by the board.
Kissinger, a full professor at Georgetown who lectures at the School of Foreign Service, had just begun his talk when about 50 students congregated in a hallway and started chanting "Kissinger off campus" according to Aleantara.
Some protesters carred signs that said "Kissinger is a War Criminal," he said.
The professor "speaks in a low voice" and with the noise "it was impossible to hear," said Greg Kitsock, a student newspaper editior who attended the lecture.
After the demonstration began, six campus security officers showed up at the dormitory, according to the protesters. Charles Lamb, director of the university security force, refused to comment on the incident because the case is pending before the student disciplinary board.
The demonstrators said they were protesting both Kissinger's presence on campus and the fact that only a small number of students had been permitted to attend kissinger's lecture.
According to Emigs, "A uniformed guard told us to leave and we didn't leave." The guards then "began to physically remove people" from the building, Emiggs said. During the demonstration, the protesters said some of them were asked to show their student identification cards to the campus police officers.
When the protesters resumed their chants on the grounds outside the building, Kissinger stopped his lecture and asked foreign service school dean Peter Krogh to invite some of the demonstrators inside, according to Kitsock. Krogh also attended the lecture.