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UCLA to take no action against student for controversial video

Amid a debate about free speech in the Internet era, UCLA announced Friday that it would not proceed with any investigation or disciplinary action against the student who produced a controversial online video in which she complained about Asian students' behavior and crudely mimicked Asian languages.

"While we were appalled and offended by the sentiments expressed in the video, we have uncovered no facts to lead us to believe the student code of conduct was violated. The campus has no intention of pursuing the matter further," UCLA spokesman Phil Hampton said in a telephone interview Friday.

The campus code prohibits students from making specific threats against anyone and forbids racial or sexual harassment that is severe or pervasive enough that it impairs another person's participation in university life. The video by Alexandra Wallace, a third-year political science major, did not meet those standards, he said.

First Amendment activists said they were pleased with UCLA's decision and said that other colleges should act similarly, as other students elsewhere are certain at times to post silly and offensive things on YouTube and Facebook. However, some said UCLA should not have announced earlier in the week that it was looking into possible discipline, and that UCLA Chancellor Gene Block should not have issued a statement denouncing the video.

Wallace, who could not be reached for comment Friday, has apologized for the video in a statement to  UCLA's Daily Bruin student newspaper. In the video, posted after the devastating Japanese earthquake, Wallace complained about Asian students using their cellphones in the library as they sought information about the earthquake and relatives in the quake zone.

She has reportedly received death threats and been ridiculed in counter-videos and online comments. Hampton said university police are looking into those threats and that the campus had given her a secure way to take her final exams this week, but he declined to say what those security measures entailed.


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Photo: UCLA's Royce Hall. Credit: Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times

Comments () | Archives (62)

She's blondie.... that explains it

No action against this anti-asian racist. Meanwhile, the US is investigating alleged "hostility" against jews at UC Santa Cruz. Who is running this country? (you know the answer).

Her statements may seem non-threatening to non-Asians. But, as an Asian growing up to the "king chung, ting chung " teases by blacks and white bullies, this is very threatening. Imagine a bully pushing you and kicking you while saying "kong pao, ni mao" and posing a karate move.

Her statement is like a white person saying the n-word or other racist remarks to a black person. N-word has connotation just like her mimicry of asian words. Do you think she will be punish if she teases the Jews with racist remarks ?
Asians still have no power in UCLA system. I hope all UCLA students will demonstrate against this injustice.

No need for UCLA to take action. Her post graduate/professional life (if she even finishes) will surely discipline her.

I went to UCSB and most of the kids on their phones in the library were Caucasian. This girl obviously made a very poor choice, but would she have said the same thing if the students were Caucasian?! At UCSB, Caucasian students made up over 60% of the student population, therefore the likelihood of a student on their cell phone being Caucasian is very high.
At UCLA, Asians make up a large number of the student population, therefore she is just pure ignorant and it isn't a fact that Asians are mainly on their cell phones in university libraries.

No big deal. I just want to know what kind of job this girl's gonna get because any employer should run a Google search.

She has the right PAINT job, enough said.

silicon leakage to the brain

She might want to avoid the local sushi bar or Chinese restaurant.

I think this decision is satisfactory on both ends. After all, she'll have to deal with more severe consequences when she graduates.

However, for those who argue that her comments were not truly offensive in anyway, I would beg to differ. I still feel her comment about the tsunami was insensitive and uncalled for. There are plenty of other examples that she could've drawn on to get her point across. Personally, I did not see the need or value of commenting on a recent tragedy that resulted in the loss of many lives. People are still recovering from the shock and hurt from this incident and her comment simply made the cut deeper. After all, had it been a tragedy that had occurred somewhere closer to home and affected people we know personally, would we still be able to remain nonchalant about unnecessary comments in such a manner?

My heart goes to those who lost loved ones in this tragedy. Rest in peace.

Just another episode in the cleansing of whites from southern California. But don't push too hard, Asians -- you might not like what happens when the whites finally stand up and say "no more."

Wallace should be applauded for actually letting out her feelings. There is so much racial animosity in Los Angeles and it's not being dealt with. It's not good to generalize, but she was dealing with what she saw and what bothered her.

Let's see if some of those who were so offended by her have the guts to tell the world what's really on their minds. How racially tolerant are the complainers. The complainers are usually the ones with the biggest problems.

I was in the library studying yesterday and two Asian girls were on their phones and had no clue they were bothering anyone. Even the Iranian girl next to them couldn't hear her cell phone conversation, so she started talking louder.

I'm sick of anyone on their phone in the library. Anyone who threatened Wallace with harm should be harmed in the same way that they advocated.

This town has changed for the worse. I feel like Eric Cartman of South Park in the "My Waterpark Episode."

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