SANTA CLARA, Calif.
— A group of students who called themselves “Black Lives Matters” at the University of Missouri have been found guilty of violating the student conduct code after a month-long investigation by the school’s Office of Student Conduct.
In a hearing Monday, Santa Clara Superior Court Judge Stephen H. Loh wrote that the group, which includes several students, had engaged in an “aggressive and disruptive” and “disturbing” pattern of behavior and that the university had no choice but to investigate the group’s conduct.
“We are pleased with the outcome of this investigation and we look forward to presenting a reasoned and just outcome in the court of law,” the university said in a statement.
The students involved in the group were also charged with assaulting a campus police officer and assaulting a law enforcement officer.
University President David G. Hartman said the university was disappointed with the ruling.
I think it’s very disappointing,” Hartman told reporters Monday.
Hartman said he was not aware of the students’ names.
Herman and Hartman declined to say how many students were involved in or in support of the group.
A statement from the school said the group included students from the schools medical schools, law enforcement, nursing and social work programs, but also students from a variety of other disciplines.
Among those charged was a student from the University at Buffalo who was arrested in November and later released on $5,000 bond, according to the school.
Another student, who was identified as a student in one of the videos from the group that was posted on the internet, was also charged.
This was the third time the students have been charged.
In February, they were charged with assault on a law officer, a misdemeanor, and trespassing, a felony, the school reported.
That charge stemmed from a video posted to YouTube in which one of them held a black woman at gunpoint, punched her in the face and pushed her off a balcony.
An investigation into the incident, which also was recorded on a cell phone, led to charges against five students in August 2016, including the student in the video.