April 20, 2011
President Susan A. Cole
Montclair State University
Office of the President
College Hall 235
Montclair, New Jersey 07043
Sent via U.S. Mail and Facsimile (973-655-7195)
Dear President Cole:
The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education received no response to our letter to you of March 24, 2011, regarding the free speech rights of the group Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) at Montclair State University (MSU). Although MSU had stated to SDS that the student group would be responsible for the cost of extra security for its March 24, 2011, event-which would have violated the group’s First Amendment rights-we understand that the group has not been charged.
We presume that MSU has no intention of charging SDS for the extra security for the event. If this is incorrect, please inform us immediately.
Assistant Director, Individual Rights Defense Program
Karen Pennington, Vice President for Student Development and Campus Life, Montclair State University
Fatima DeCarvalho, Assistant Dean for Student Life and Director, Center for Student Involvement, Montclair State University
Julie Fleming, Assistant Director for Student Involvement, Montclair State University
Rose Mary E. Howell, Dean of Students, Montclair State University