October 31 2008
Quinnipiac University Clamps Down on Student Paper
Here's the scoop from our friends at FIRE:
Quinnipiac University (QU) has threatened a student chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists with expulsion from campus if the group associates with The Quad News, an independent student newspaper formed in response to QU's attacks on students' press freedom. The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) is calling on the university, known for its political polling operation, to either permit freedom of association on campus or publicly declare that it no longer guarantees basic student rights.
"After driving last year's editors of the primary student newspaper off campus, QU has declared the students' new paper an enemy, limited its access to administrators, and has even threatened another student group with de-recognition simply for associating with the paper," FIRE President Greg Lukianoff said. "Journalists rely on Quinnipiac's polls, but the school itself is showing genuine contempt for its own student journalists. Quinnipiac should honor its purported commitment to freedom of expression by respecting the free speech of its student press."