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University of Michigan student Omar Mahmood, whose hilarious sendup of campus identity politics got him fired from the Michigan Daily and targeted for vandalism, talked to Fox News host Greta Van Susteren tonight about his ordeal.

The College Fix has covered Mahmood’s plight and the Daily‘s justification for terminating him – that he “mocked the experiences” of Daily staff and minorities on campus. (Mahmood is a conservative Muslim.)

Mahmood tells Van Susteren that the Daily is the “mainstream” campus publication, but at an “American liberal college campus” like Ann Arbor, “we know we mean leftist, often radical leftist.”

He says he’s gotten “hundreds of emails from liberals, from minorities, saying ‘you know, you did nothing wrong,'” and that in conversations with the dean, “they understand that it’s a very leftist climate.”

Mahmood says the campus climate against open dialogue was exemplified by the university’s communications department chair writing a column saying “it’s okay to hate Republicans,” as The College Fix reported.

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Maybe there’s a convincing explanation for why the University of Redlands’ student government benched its student newspaper after a story about a giant scholarship donation, but I’m not seeing it in the Redlands Daily Facts report:

The Associated Students of the University of Redlands (ASUR) cut the Bulldog Weekly’s funding and placed the newspaper on hiatus Dec. 10. The move came after a story ran in the Nov. 10 issue that portrayed a $35 million scholarship donation by the Hunsaker family in a negative light. A student was quoted as concerned that the fund was for “rich, white males.”

There’s a real matter of journalism ethics in here – the reporter admitted to “feeding the part about ‘rich, white males’ to the student” – but this misstep appears to be the excuse the student government was looking for to cripple the paper:

Char Burgess, U of R’s vice president and dean of student life, said that the paper was placed on hiatus for a multitude of reasons, not because of one quote.

“(The ASUR) took action based on their overall concern for a lack of journalistic quality and the fact that they did not see the paper reflected the student voice,” Burgess said. “Their vote on that was 13-2, and again that’s all students.”

Denise Davis, the ASUR council adviser who oversees student activities, agreed.

“There were a number of other concerns, specifically that we spend nearly $40,000 a year in student activity fees publishing a paper that very few people actually read.” [sic] Davis said.

The administration also faulted the paper for not getting quotes from officials in the story, but the paper’s editors said the reporter tried multiple times to get administration comment.

Meanwhile, never fear! A committee with purse-string representatives is coming to the rescue:

In an email to the Weekly staff, ASUR president Adam Gottlieb stated that during the hiatus, a committee will be convened, “to produce the best paper possible.” According to Gottlieb, the committee will be made up of Weekly staff, ASUR members and administration.

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A jury trial by a Kenyon College student who beat sexual-assault allegations, and is now suing the school and his accuser, has been delayed until the summer, the Kenyon Collegian reported.

Stephen Zingarelli filed suit a year ago, claiming breach of contract, negligence and defamation:

Zingarelli alleged that his accuser made a false report of sexual assault, that, as an [Sexual Misconduct Advisor], Ellen Kaufman ’13 encouraged her to destroy evidence and that Kenyon was negligent in training Kaufman and mishandled its Student Conduct Review Board process as outlined in the Student Handbook. …

Zingarelli was acquitted on charges of rape and gross sexual imposition on June 26, 2013. He applied for readmission to the College on or around October 1, 2013 to complete his final semester and was told he “would be readmitted subject to the outcome of a Student Conduct Review Board hearing,” according to the plaintiff’s pretrial statement filed Dec. 1, 2014.

He claims that the dean of students “duped” him into believing he had to “voluntarily” withdraw from Kenyon; since then, his transcript has included the notation “student conduct charges pending,” allegedly preventing him from being admitted to another college.

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As reported by The College Fix yesterday, Marquette’s John McAdams, a political science professor, was suspended by the university for alleged “harassment.”

The “harassment” (allegedly) came from the words on McAdams’ own blog, Marquette Warrior, where he took issue with a Marquette instructor who told a student it would be “homophobic” to say he supports traditional marriage in class.

In a blog post yesterday, McAdams claims Marquette violated its own policies regarding suspensions, and quoted the relevant sections:

Section 307.03

In all cases of nonrenewal, suspension, or termination for absolute or discretionary cause, except Section 307.02(1) and (3), death, and permanent, total disability, the appropriate appointing authority of the University shall notify the faculty member in writing of the University’s action. The notice shall include:

(1) The statute allegedly violated; the date of the alleged violation; the location of the alleged violation; a sufficiently detailed description of the facts constituting the violation including the names of the witnesses against the faculty member.

(2) The nature of the University’s contemplated action, with a specification of the date or dates upon which such action is to become effective with respect to faculty status, duties, salary, and benefit entitlements, respectively.

(3) Such notice shall be personally delivered and service shall operate from date of such delivery; if in the exercise of reasonable diligence it is not possible to personally serve the faculty member, it may be served by certified mail addressed to the faculty member’s last known place of residence, and service shall operate from date of mailing.

Section 1 is highlighted (in the original) because McAdams notes that all of it was violated by the university.

The professor also notes that “Since this was about a blog post, there were plenty of witnesses, but none of them were named.”

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Publicly tattling on colleagues who tell students they can’t share certain views in class is apparently “harassment” at Marquette University.

On his Marquette Warrior blog, Professor John McAdams shared the plight of a student whose philosophy instructor told him it would be “homophobic” to say he supports traditional marriage in class, as The College Fix previously reported.

Marquette is a Jesuit school, by the way.

Now the dean of the College of Arts & Sciences has written to McAdams, telling him:

The university is continuing to review your conduct and during this period–and until further notice–you are relieved of all teaching duties and all other faculty activities, including, but not limited to, advising, committee work, faculty meetings and any activity that would involve your interaction with Marquette students, faculty and staff. Should any academic appeals arise from Fall 2014 semester, however, you are expected to fulfill your obligations in that specific matter.

McAdams will still get paid but he’ll have to ask for permission to come back to campus. Dean Richard Holz attached Marquette’s harassment policy, “guiding values statement,” mission statement and “sections from” the faculty handbook, saying those materials would “inform our review of your conduct.”

McAdams says Marquette leaders must think blogging constitutes harassment, except that his post wasn’t “directed to a protected class”:

Marquette’s harassment policy is absurdly vague and includes “behavior is intimidating, hostile or demeaning or could or does result in mental, emotional or physical discomfort, embarrassment, ridicule or harm.” That’s right, even mental discomfort (which should be a normal part of having one’s opinions challenged in a university) is considered harassing.

He accuses officials of “gross misconduct” whether they are clamping down on his blogging, which goes back 10 years, or simply conducting a “pro forma investigation,” which he says alone constitutes “harassment” against him:

Marquette, in other words, has again shown itself to be timid, overly bureaucratic and lacking any commitment to either its Catholic mission or free expression.

The instructor portrayed in an unflattering light by McAdams, Cheryl Abbate, earlier said she wanted the school to “actively enforce” a policy that would stop her from being “publicly demeaned” by McAdams.

Conservative student group Turning Point USA has already organized a petition and protest scheduled for Monday demanding McAdams’ reinstatement.

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The University of Michigan is the gift that keeps on giving when it comes to buffoonish attacks on anyone who departs from progressive orthodoxy.

Today’s gift, courtesy of National Review Online: The chair of the communications department has written an article explaining why “it’s okay to hate Republicans.”

I hate Republicans. I can’t stand the thought of having to spend the next two years watching Mitch McConnell, John Boehner, Ted Cruz, Darrell Issa or any of the legions of other blowhards denying climate change, thwarting immigration reform or championing fetal “personhood.”

Susan Douglas says “history and psychology” back her claim that Republicans are responsible for the “polarization” that now grips America.

Democrats are really only hating “back” Republicans who have hated them by promoting “a single-minded, uncomplicated, good-vs.-evil worldview that vilifies Democrats,” Douglas says in her column for In These Times, a left-wing magazine.

Katherine Timpf at NRO wonders how this unvarnished public loathing might affect Douglas’s students:

It seems as though, for a student who votes Republican, knowing you had a teacher who assumed you were an intolerant bigot and blatantly advocated for hating you would likely create an “intimidating” educational environment; however, the [school’s] anti-discrimination policy only protects against discrimination against someone “because of that person’s race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, religion, height, weight or veteran’s status.” (Basically anything except for political affiliation.)

So, for Republicans in Douglas’s class: Keep your mouth shut or parrot what she says to make it through unscathed. (Here’s her article archive.)

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