Byline requirement on conservative student journal lifted

August 27, 2007

Tufts University is taking a stand for freedom of expression.
James Glaser, the private school’s dean of undergraduate education, today reversed a campus board’s requirement that a student-run conservative journal include authors’ names with articles.
The rule was imposed last year after the magazine “The Primary Source” published an unbylined parody song that many said was racist.
Glaser says the byline requirement was an unfair restriction on free speech. Tufts President Lawrence Bacow agreed.
Glaser left intact a ruling that found “The Primary Source” guilty of harassment and creating a hostile environment in violation of the school’s nondiscrimination policy.
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