Eclectic Event Hosting Ban Is Over

President Roth apparently lifted the Eclectic social event hosting ban last night.

The Eclectic society is on probation for the rest of the year and Reslife penalties will remain, but as far as we can tell the previously canceled shows once again have a venue and the Sound Co-op is back in action.

Good decision! More details as they come.

[EDIT: 11:14 pm]
President Roth posted a concise, characteristically level-headed explanation of the entire fiasco, as well as the terms of Eclectic’s probation, on the Roth blog:

If you follow news of Wesleyan, you already know that there has recently been disciplinary action taken by the Student Judicial Board against Eclectic because of an incident at the house in December. The student board that heard the case found that the society had been guilty of violations of the party and noise policies and a failure to comply with requests from Public Safety. They thought a proper penalty for this would be to forbid Eclectic from hosting social/musical events at night through the end of April.

Many students have been very upset about this ruling because it doesn’t only affect Eclectic but the whole musical culture of Wesleyan. I understand the basis for this concern: the society does provide a vital function for the presentation of music in a distinctive setting. Much of the great musical culture we prize at Wesleyan passes through Eclectic. However, if the society can not present music in a way that is safe and that recognizes the rights of the neighborhood, then Eclectic won’t be able to play that role in the future.

I am confident that the SJB and Dean Backer acted in accordance with our procedures, and that their findings in regard to the events of December 8, 2008 were correct. However, based on communication with Eclectic since that time, and my belief that the society is committed to acting as responsible hosts for events, I have reconsidered and modified the sanction in this case.

I take seriously (and appreciate) Eclectic’s desire to host events in a way that works for the artists, is safe for those who attend, and respects the rights of neighbors. This is also my intention and the intention of Student Affairs. So, rather than ban events for the remainder of the semester, I have asked Marshall Ball, Eclectic’s President, and Dean Rick Culliton to work together on a written agreement that delineates Eclectic’s responsibilities for events going forward. If they can reach the agreement quickly, events can resume under the specific guidelines. As long as the events continue according to those guidelines, the ban will remain lifted.

At the end of the semester representatives of Eclectic and Student Affairs can discuss what went well, and where we need to pay more attention to run the kinds of events we all want. If we are unable to run events this term in accord with the principles with which we all agree, then we will not plan any social or musical events at 200 High Street going forward. Thus, this is a probationary period that should allow us to move to a better platform for events in the future.

I very much appreciate the difficult work that the Student Judicial Board did in sorting out the facts in this case. I also am grateful for the thoughtful responses from many in the Eclectic Society, and others who cherish the vibrant music scene on campus. I hope that by developing a framework for hosting events at 200 High Street we will continue to have interesting artists perform in a context that is exciting and safe for those who attend, and that is respectful of the community in which we live.

So Eclectic is on probation for the rest of the semester, and has to work on a detailed list of responsibilities for events with the Dean which they have to uphold. If all goes well at the end of the semester they should be good to go; if more things go wrong, no more Eclectic events next year.

Harsh. At least it resolves the issue for now – hopefully no more unfortunate incidents go down this semester to make that a possibility.

42 thoughts on “Eclectic Event Hosting Ban Is Over

  1. Sheek

    Hey just to clarify – I did have confirmation from several sources, though I was waiting for an official one for further details. Which we got from Roth Blog, problem solved.Sorry to keep you waiting there.

  2. Sheek

    Hey just to clarify – I did have confirmation from several sources, though I was waiting for an official one for further details. Which we got from Roth Blog, problem solved.

    Sorry to keep you waiting there.

  3. Anonymous

    Just got WSA email:Over the last three weeks, members of Eclectic and their WSA process advisor have worked in close consultation to appeal the SJB’s party-hosting ban. Following consideration of the appeal, Eclectic was informed that the sanction would be lifted on the condition that the definition of responsible and appropriate use of Eclectic’s event space is clarified in a joint memorandum of understanding.Additionally, the administration agreed to the WSA’s request for a comprehensive review of the SJB and the Code of Non-Academic Conduct. During this review, the WSA will address the concerns that have been raised to us over the last several months regarding the conduct of the SJB and Assistant Director of Student Services Scott Backer. This review will begin at the start of the next semester.In the meantime, the WSA strongly encourages students to request WSA process advising in the event they are accused of a violation of the Code of Non-Academic Conduct! . As Eclectic’s case illustrates, working with a process advisor is an important step one can take to improve the odds of receiving a favorable outcome.The first item on the WSA’s agenda for our 7pm meeting this Sunday in Usdan 108 will be a presentation on process advising and its role in Eclectic’s case.To request a WSA process advisor, please email wsa@wesleyan.edu BEFORE your SJB hearing.To report an instance where you believe you were treated unfairly by Public Safety, Fire Safety, Scott Backer, or the SJB, please visit http://www.wesleyan.edu/wsa/incident/ . –The Wesleyan Student Assembly

  4. Anonymous

    Just got WSA email:

    Over the last three weeks, members of Eclectic and their WSA process advisor have worked in close consultation to appeal the SJB’s party-hosting ban. Following consideration of the appeal, Eclectic was informed that the sanction would be lifted on the condition that the definition of responsible and appropriate use of Eclectic’s event space is clarified in a joint memorandum of understanding.

    Additionally, the administration agreed to the WSA’s request for a comprehensive review of the SJB and the Code of Non-Academic Conduct. During this review, the WSA will address the concerns that have been raised to us over the last several months regarding the conduct of the SJB and Assistant Director of Student Services Scott Backer. This review will begin at the start of the next semester.

    In the meantime, the WSA strongly encourages students to request WSA process advising in the event they are accused of a violation of the Code of Non-Academic Conduct! . As Eclectic’s case illustrates, working with a process advisor is an important step one can take to improve the odds of receiving a favorable outcome.
    The first item on the WSA’s agenda for our 7pm meeting this Sunday in Usdan 108 will be a presentation on process advising and its role in Eclectic’s case.

    To request a WSA process advisor, please email wsa@wesleyan.edu BEFORE your SJB hearing.

    To report an instance where you believe you were treated unfairly by Public Safety, Fire Safety, Scott Backer, or the SJB, please visit http://www.wesleyan.edu/wsa/incident/ .

    –The Wesleyan Student Assembly

  5. Anonymous

    Now I’m happy, though I still think it was irresponsible to post this before you had confirmation (without noting that it was unconfirmed).-9:31

  6. Anonymous

    Now I’m happy, though I still think it was irresponsible to post this before you had confirmation (without noting that it was unconfirmed).

    -9:31

  7. Anonymous

    it’s on roth’s blog now so everyone calm down.also, the people who wanted to see it on his blog said so because they wanted word from roth himself, so what. people look to roth’s blog for legitimacy because of roth, not because it’s a blog. it makes perfect sense; lighten up.

  8. Anonymous

    it’s on roth’s blog now so everyone calm down.

    also, the people who wanted to see it on his blog said so because they wanted word from roth himself, so what. people look to roth’s blog for legitimacy because of roth, not because it’s a blog. it makes perfect sense; lighten up.

  9. Anonymous

    Apparently now if you’d like something to happen in real life, you first must blog about it. Only then may it have happened in the real world. All hail our generation, Generation Ass-Backwards.

  10. Anonymous

    Apparently now if you’d like something to happen in real life, you first must blog about it. Only then may it have happened in the real world. All hail our generation, Generation Ass-Backwards.

  11. Anonymous

    what does it mean that they’re on probation for the rest of the year? no add’l events? close watch by the popes?

  12. Anonymous

    what does it mean that they’re on probation for the rest of the year? no add’l events? close watch by the popes?

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