UM Used Surveillance to Track Student Protesters

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Since the University of Miami resumed in-person classes in August, the decision to reopen has come under fire. While students had the choice to stay home, faculty and staff were required to return to campus amid the pandemic.That dichotomy led to demonstrations — on September 4, faculty, students, and subcontracted workers staged a “die-in” to protest what they viewed as a lack of concern for their safety. Demonstrators played dead while holding up signs, including one that said that UM president Julio Frenk was at fault.Now, information has surfaced showing that the university used video surveillance to track down the protesters and call them to a meeting with administrators a few weeks later. An on-campus advocacy group, the University of Miami Employee Student Alliance, tweeted about the problematic surveillance on Tuesday.Two weeks after the die-in, Mars Fernandez, a graduate student at UM and one of the participants in the protest, received an email from the office of Ryan Holmes, the university’s dean of students.”Dr. Ryan Holmes is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting to discuss incident [sic] that happened on September 4, 2020 at the Whitten University Center,” the message read. (The email was first obtained and reported on …

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