U.C. Irvine suspends Muslim student group

U.C. Irvine has suspended a Muslim student group for one year over its disruption of a lecture by Israel’s ambassador to the United States.

In a letter to the Muslim Student Union, the student affairs disciplinary committee announced that after an investigation it found the group guilty of violating certain sections of the university’s policies applying to campus activities, organizations and students, including disorderly conduct and obstructing university activities.

During a Feb. 8 speech at the university sponsored by a campus pro-Israel group, Ambassador Michael Oren repeatedly was heckled and interrupted; 11 students were arrested in the incident.

Based partly on evidence found on social networking sites, the disciplinary committee, ruled that “the disruptions were planned, orchestrated and coordinated in advance by the Muslim Student Union.”

The student group, which has appealed the decision,  will be subject to a one-year probation upon its reinstatement in September 2011. The members of the group also will be required to perform a collective 50 hours of community service.

The letter was sent to the Muslim group on May 27 but not publicized until this week after the Orange County Jewish Federation filed a Freedom of Information Act request. — jta