Nude constitutionals earn expulsion UC-Berkeley boots 19-year-old junior, 'the naked guy'

January 26, 1993|By San Francisco Chronicle

BERKELEY, Calif. -- The University of California at Berkeley student who won notoriety as "the naked guy" for his nude constitutionals around campus has been permanently expelled from school.

Andrew Martinez, 19, received a letter Saturday from university officials saying that he was being expelled for failing to wear "proper attire."

"I was kind of hoping the university would be more open and progressive about this," he said. "I didn't think this was so controversial."

University officials confirmed yesterday that Mr. Martinez had been expelled but did not say why, citing privacy laws that guard student conduct records. But they did say the expulsion was an extremely severe disciplinary measure.

"It is very rare for people to get expelled," said Jesus Mena, a university spokesman. "Obviously, this is serious."

Mr. Martinez became nationally famous last semester when he began going to class naked. His au naturel strolls sparked a campus nude-in, several talk show discussions and endless bad jokes.

But his antics proved offensive to some students and employees and deeply embarrassing to the university. In November, the campus issued a ban on public nudity.

The 6-foot-2 junior persisted in his exploits, however, and was suspended for two weeks in late November, pending a student conduct hearing. The expulsion Saturday was the result of that hearing.

"I was surprised they gave me the boot," Mr. Martinez said.

He insisted throughout the semester that going naked was a form of free speech and said he was protesting the sexually repressed traditions of Western society. "I thought [the hearing officer] was sympathetic to me, was really listening to me," he said.

Mr. Martinez said he would appeal the decision. University rules allow for two appeals, one to the vice chancellor of student affairs and one to the chancellor. If those fail, Martinez will be permanently barred from entering the university.

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