Northwestern supports vigorous debate and free expression, ideals that are core values to our institution. On Nov. 5, those ideals were on display when a student group hosted former U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions at Lutkin Hall. Mr. Sessions delivered a 45-minute speech and answered questions for another 30 minutes. During his talk, demonstrators vocally protested his visit. An overwhelming majority of the demonstrators were peaceful and adhered to University policies. A small handful of the demonstrators attempted to disrupt Mr. Sessions’ speech.
Following a month-long Northwestern University Police Department (NUPD) investigation, a small number of individuals have been issued citations by NUPD for disorderly conduct and interfering with the duties of a police officer. Each citation carries a maximum fine of $125. The citations are civil actions and do not create a criminal record.
The citations were issued for conduct directed toward police, such as pushing, grabbing or kicking police officers as they attempted to perform their duties and secure the building.