Hopkins cuts punishment in party case

January 9, 2007

Johns Hopkins University has reduced the punishment of a student who was suspended for a role in a Halloween party for which some materials featured images viewed as promoting racial stereotypes. The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education announced that Justin Park’s punishment had been reduced, but declined to offer specifics, citing Park’s request for privacy. FIRE indicated that it remains concerned about the incident— in which some minority students have accused the university of not doing enough to create a welcoming environment and in which FIRE and others have said that the university was being politically correct and squelching free expression.
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