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Case Analysis of Student Takeover of Administrative Office

Reference reading is Business Law: Legal Environment, Online Commerce, Business Ethics, and International Issues, 7th ed., by Henry R. Cheeseman (Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson/Prentice Hall, 2010).

Members of Students for Fair Tuition (SFT) decide to protest rising tuition costs at Gigantic State University (GSU) by taking over Dunfee Hall, the location of GSU president Dalton Chandler's office. As they storm into the reception area of Chandler's office suite, shouting "Down with fascist tuition increases," Chandler's faithful secretary, Prudence Pimply, picks up a phone to call the campus police. Steve Steel, radical leader of the SFT, slaps the
phone knocking it from Prudence's hand without ever touching her. He then pulls out an amazing lifelike squirt gun and threatens to blow Prudence's
head off if she so much as moves an inch toward the phone or the door. Prudence collapses in a sobbing heap on her desk. Unfortunately for their
purposes, the students find the only door to Chandler's third floor office locked from the inside. After a few feeble attempts to break it down, they contend with barricading his door with filing cabinets and singing "We Will Overcome" until the police arrive shortly thereafter. The total time elapsed
from the moment the students entered the building until the police arrive is ten minutes. President Chandler was taking a nap and slept through the
entire incident. Prudence was so upset that she couldn't return to work for a week, and then only managed to do so under heavy doses of tranquilizers
prescribed by her doctor, Morton Mallard.Write an essay focusing on the following:
- Was a crime committed?
- Was there any negligence involved in this case?
- What laws and rights were violated?
- Who should be held liable for the damages (physical and mental)?
- Discuss the possible tort liability in this incident. Assault, battery, infliction of emotional distress, and false imprisonment all should be explored.

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In this case a crime was clearly committed by the students involved in the takeover of the administrative building of the University. One of the first crimes that the students committed in their protesting activities, was the disturbing of the peace when the students noisily entered the Duffie Hall facility, shouting and screaming instead of entering this facility in a peaceful organized manner. In addition, the activities of the students can also be defined as inciting a riot, due to the fact that the activities that were conducted by the students were riotous in the manner in which they were carried out, which could've led to additional activities of this level and nature across the campus. A more serious crime that was committed during these disturbances, was the threat of bodily harm that Steve Steel directed ...