SUNY-Binghamton Student Accuses Social-Work Department of Retaliation

December 23, 2008

The State University of New York at Binghamton tried unsuccessfully this fall to suspend a social-work student after he displayed posters criticizing an adjunct instructor at the university. Now, the student says, the social-work department is trying to force him out by unfairly giving him bad grades.

The student – Andre Massena – is enrolled in the master’s program in social work. Last summer he tacked up posters on the campus criticizing the Binghamton Housing Authority for evicting a single mother and her children, and asking people to call the social-work department to complain. David K. Tanenhaus, the housing authority’s executive director, is an adjunct instructor at Binghamton.

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Schools: Binghamton University, State University of New York Cases: Binghamton University: Student Suspended for Posters Criticizing Department of Social Work and Government Agency