Macalester College President Suzanne M. Rivera says the school will reimburse students arrested while participating in civil disobedience who can’t afford to pay the fine.
Rivera extended the offer this week to students at the St. Paul college in a letter to the college community and in a series of tweets.
“Offering to reimburse fines for civil disobedience is an equity issue,” Rivera wrote in the letter. “What I am emphasizing here is that if any students cannot afford the fines for peaceful protest, then I would be willing to reimburse them because freedom of speech is not a privilege only our wealthy students should enjoy.”
Students gathered Tuesday to rally support for the counting of all ballots cast in the election, but Rivera said the school’s offer wasn’t tied to any specific cause. Rather, she said, it was meant to encourage students, faculty, staff and alumni to rightfully and