In 1970, the Washington Legislature enacted a campus disorder statute which makes it unlawful for any person to "intimidate by any threat of force or violence," or "interfere by force or violence" with any university, college, community college, or public school administrator, teacher or student who is peacefully discharging his duties. A conviction of the crime carries a maximum penalty of six months imprisonment and a fine of five hundred dollars. This note examines the scope of the new statute, its constitutionality and its potential for furthering the purposes of the criminal law. It is submitted that while the Washington statute can withstand the constitutional tests of vagueness and overbreadth, it is applicable to only a very narrow range of situations, and therefore will have no significant effect in furthering the purposes of the criminal law.
Statutory Control of Campus Disorders in Washington: Effect of R.C.W. §§ 28B.10.570-.573 (1970),
47 Wash. L. Rev.
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