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College council meeting halted due to student recording

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After a vote to recommend a raise in pricing on using Pierce College facilities, the Pierce College council meeting came to an abrupt end when chair Lyn Clark noticed student reporters recording.

She then announced recordings were not allowed and asked the students not return to the meetings.

“We have students in violation of our policy of no recording and I’m sorry I didn’t notice before but these students, I’m going to ask that they leave,” Clark said.  “I’m going to have to also ask that they not return because they have not abided by our rules and they know about them and they have been told and their sponsor also knows and I’m very disappointed that they did not follow through as they should have but I will be more aware of it next time because I know this body does not appreciate having be recorded. We certainly welcome participation, we welcome students, but we don’t welcome those who will not follow our rules.”

Members of PCC agreed to end the meeting and campus security was called when an council member Curtis Smith refused to return a cell phone that contained recordings of the meeting back to a student reporter.

Officers arrived on scene shortly and after surveying the situation, returned the item back to the student.

The officers stated the reporters and the members of PCC will have to work out this issue amongst themselves.

The next PCC meeting will be held on Dec. 12 at 2 p.m. in the College Services Building Conference Room.