Protest Policies and Management: Detailed Progress to Date

  • Proactive communication efforts and consultation with UC Davis groups such as the Academic Senate, Academic Federation, Staff Assembly, Associated Students of the University of California, Davis (ASUCD), etc., are now practiced.
  • The UC Davis Police Department addressed the rights and responsibilities of protestors in a new crowd management policy. Furthermore, the UC Davis Police Department provides a link on its website to related information authored by the ACLU. Also during a protest or a potential protest the UC Davis Police Department will hand out this same material in printed form to students prior to and during the event.
  • The campus is currently exploring ways to establish a pilot internal mediation function to ensure the availability of trained staff should intervention in a demonstration or protest become necessary. It is likely the campus will also use a variety of courses, including a course titled, “Difficult Conversations” which is used to empower individuals in how to handle challenging encounters with others in a productive/positive way.  Increasing campus capacity to facilitate and conduct internal dialogue is an important offshoot of this activity.
  • Integrated Critical Incident Negotiations Team training will ensure effective communication with the community well in advance of any event through proactive communication. This is also consistent with the draft use of force policy currently under community and outside review.
  • UC Davis is currently organizing a Neutral Observer Program (NOP). The program is designed to provide an objective, neutral observing and reporting structure that will provide accurate and timely information regarding any protest or demonstration activity.  UC Davis faculty, students or staff are eligible to take part in the program.  The program is separate and distinct from police or other departmental programs on campus.  Participants will be recruited and trained. Following each incident the deployed observers will file a report on their observations with the NOP program coordinator.  The coordinator will then share the observations with other campus administrators during de-brief sessions.