Saint Louis Community College at Meramec

Location: Saint Louis, Missouri
Website: http://www.stlcc.edu/MC
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Federal Circuit: 8th Circuit

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  • Saint Louis Community College: Student Punished for E-mailing Classmates

    December 4, 2007

    Having already completed his Ph.D at the Chinese Academy of Sciences and postdoctoral work at M.I.T and Columbia University, Jun Xiao was attending St. Louis Community College to prepare himself for medical school. Unhappy with the performance of his organic chemistry professor, Dr. Xiao sent an e-mail to several of his fellow students stating that he intended to withdraw from the course and suggesting that his fellow students do the same. A few days after this e-mail and without any notice or a hearing, Xiao received an e-mail from an administrator stating that he had been placed on “Disciplinary Probation” […]

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Red Light Policies

  • Factfinder Student Handbook: Student Rights and Responsibilities 09-10

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies, Statement

    [M]isconduct that may subject a student to disciplinary action includes the
    following: ... Sexual harassment, which is defined as any unwelcome sexual advances, requests for
    sexual favors and other oral, written or physical conduct of a sexual nature, of any
    person on college property or at college-authorized activities.

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Yellow Light Policies
  • Factfinder Student Handbook: Sexual Harassment 09-10

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies, Statement

    Sexual
    harassment may include, without limitation, unwelcome sexual advances, attempts to coerce
    any member of the college community into a sexual relationship or to punish such persons
    for refusing to submit to sexual advances, or conduct of a sexual nature which creates an
    intimidating, hostile or offensive academic or work environment.

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  • Community college drops charges against student

    January 31, 2008

    St. Louis Community College has dropped all charges against a student it had placed on probation for various infractions, some of which stemmed from e-mails he sent to classmates inviting them to drop a class with him and to find a different professor. In return, Jun Xiao, a student at the Meramec campus, has agreed not to sue the college or its employees, according to the settlement agreement signed last week. The national advocacy group Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, which has said the college treated Xiao unfairly, posted the settlement agreement to its website. The American Civil Liberties […]

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  • College in Missouri lifts disciplinary charges against defecting student

    January 29, 2008

    St. Louis Community College at Meramec has lifted hazing and disorderly-conduct charges against a student who disrupted classes and invited his classmates to join him in enrolling at another institution, the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education announced today. That group and the American Civil Liberties Union of Eastern Missouri had backed the student, Jun Xiao, whose free-speech and due-process rights they said the college had violated. Mr. Xiao and the college reached an agreement before he took legal action. In publicizing the case, the group, known as FIRE, emphasized two e-mail messages Mr. Xiao sent in October to his […]

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  • Foundation takes up case of Meramec student

    December 19, 2007

    Jun Xiao became so frustrated with his organic chemistry professor at St. Louis Community College at Meramec that he dropped the class—and sent e-mails inviting his classmates to do the same. He never mentioned his current professor’s name or directly criticized her in the e-mails, though several websites such as www.ratemyprofessors.com allow college students around the nation to comment on their professors by name. So he was surprised when he received a letter from the college a couple of days later that said he had been placed on disciplinary probation for the 2007-08 academic year for violating the student handbook, including sections […]

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  • ‘St. Louis Post-Dispatch’ Covers STLCC Victory

    January 31, 2008

    As FIRE celebrates victory at St. Louis Community College (STLCC) on Tuesday, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch covers the exoneration of student Jun Xiao from charges stemming back to October. This is the third article the Post-Dispatch has written covering the case and includes e-mail correspondence from Xiao to the newspaper. Not surprisingly, STLCC has remained fairly mum on the case and offered only a brief statement to the Post-Dispatch on Wednesday: [T]he college said simply that it was pleased to have reached an agreement with Xiao, who remains a student at the college. After signing this settlement agreement with STLCC, […]

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  • Victory at STLCC

    January 29, 2008

    As today’s press release states, St. Louis Community College at Meramec (STLCC) has fully exonerated student Jun Xiao of hazing and disorderly conduct charges that STLCC brought against him after he sent e-mails to his classmates inviting them to take a class with him at a different college. We are happy to report this victory in Xiao’s case, especially after earlier this month, we reported some rather disturbing news on this case. After STLCC conceded that it could not punish Xiao—who was put on disciplinary probation and banned from e-mailing his classmates—for his constitutionally protected e-mails, the college kept him […]

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  • Victory at St. Louis Community College

    January 29, 2008

    ST. LOUIS, January 29, 2008―Under pressure from the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) and the ACLU of Eastern Missouri (ACLU-EM), St. Louis Community College at Meramec (STLCC) has fully exonerated student Jun Xiao of hazing and disorderly conduct charges stemming from e-mails he sent inviting his classmates to join him in taking a class at a different college. “STLCC has finally corrected the worst of its violations of Jun Xiao’s rights, but only after FIRE and the ACLU-EM took the case public,” FIRE President Greg Lukianoff said. “We hope that in the future, STLCC will respect free speech […]

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  • Student now faces fewer charges

    January 10, 2008

    St. Louis Community College has dropped hazing and related charges against a student who had been barred from e-mailing his classmates. But Jun Xiao remains on disciplinary probation based on accusations of asking too many questions in class and verbally abusing a staff member, according to a college document. As Xiao fights these charges, advocacy groups who intervened on his behalf last month continue to pressure the college, saying it has not given him due process. In October, Daniel Herbst, the Meramec campus’s acting vice president of student affairs, charged Xiao with a number of infractions and said that if […]

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  • St. Louis Community College Makes Mockery of Due Process

    January 8, 2008

    ST. LOUIS, January 8, 2008―St. Louis Community College at Meramec (STLCC) is adding new outrages to its campaign against student Jun Xiao, who was charged with “hazing” and “disorderly conduct” after he sent e-mails inviting his classmates to join him in signing up for a class at another college. Last week, STLCC conceded that it could not punish Xiao—who was put on probation and banned from e-mailing his classmates—for his constitutionally protected e-mails. But rather than revoking his punishment, the college kept him on probation, citing new allegations including an absurd charge that Xiao asked too many questions in his […]

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  • St. Louis Community College Finds Student Guilty of ‘Hazing’ for E-mailing Classmates

    December 17, 2007

    ST. LOUIS, Mo., December 17, 2007—St. Louis Community College at Meramec (STLCC) has placed a student on disciplinary probation and found him guilty of hazing and several other offenses simply for e-mailing other students about his plans to withdraw from a course at STLCC. After he was denied a fair hearing on the charges, STLCC student Jun Xiao contacted the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) for help. “STLCC has clearly overstepped the boundaries of both the Constitution and its own policies protecting free expression on its campus,” FIRE Director of Legal and Public Advocacy Samantha Harris said. “Placing […]

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