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Editor: Christine A. Corcos
Louisiana State Univ.

Thursday, August 2, 2007

Student Sues Over Suspension, Charges University Violated His Free Speech Rights Over Website

Maciej Murakowski, a University of Delaware student, has filed a lawsuit against the University, claiming that it violated his free speech rights when it suspended him for creating and maintaining a website on university servers which it concluded provided “racist, sexist, anti-Semitic, and homophobic” materials. Although a psychiatrist concluded that Mr. Murakowski was not a threat, the university still banned him from the campus. According to University officials, Mr. Murakowski may now apply for readmission, but may not enter any residence halls if he is re-admitted. The University concedes it is worried about campus security in the wake of the Virginia Tech situation. Read more in an AP story. The Chronicle of Higher Education has also blogged this story.

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