Citrus College: Compulsory Anti-War Speech

Category: Free Speech, Freedom of Conscience
Schools: Citrus College

A Citrus College professor had compelled undergraduate students to write anti-war letters to President George W. Bush, penalizing the grades of students who dissented or refused to send the letters. After FIRE intervened, the Citrus College administration repudiated this outrage and resolved all issues in favor of freedom of conscience.







  • Meese to Universities: Let’s Have Diversity of Thought

    March 12, 2003

    By Wes Vernon at NewsMax WASHINGTON – A California college professor who told her students to write President Bush to protest a war in Iraq is causing a pro-American backlash. And a former U.S. attorney general says philosophical diversity in campus faculties is a remedy to such abuses. “I think we need diversity of opinion and world outlook on campus faculties,” Reagan Attorney General Edwin Meese told NewsMax.com. Noting the lopsided leftist tilt of most university instructors (which NewsMax has documented in the past), Meese said: “Diversity in faculty view is important. Why not? They favor diversity on everything else.” […]

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  • Anti-war professor violated students’ rights

    March 11, 2003

    By Audrey Hudson at The Washington Times A college professor violated her student’s free-speech rights when she ordered them to write anti-war letters to President Bush and penalized students who refused the assignment, the California school determined. An apology letter for the incident has been sent to Mr. Bush “explaining the illegitimate nature of the assignment and requesting that all letters associated with the assignment be retracted,” said Louis E. Zellers, president of Citrus College. The letters were part of a required speech class taught by Rosalyn Kahn, who was put on a leave of absence last week. Her classes at […]

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  • Assignments get teacher in trouble

    March 11, 2003

    By Terry Webster at The San Gabriel Valley Tribune College speech instructor allegedly told students to write antiwar letters GLENDORA — A teacher who allegedly asked students to write antiwar letters to President George W. Bush for extra credit has prompted hundreds of angry e-mails and telephone calls from free-speech activists throughout the country, Citrus College President Louis Zellers said Monday. Most of the e-mails appear to be in support of the college’s decision to place part-time speech instructor Rosalyn Kahn on administrative leave, said Samuel Lee, an associate dean for language arts and foreign languages at the 10,000-student community college. In addition […]

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  • Banned Books, Slavery, Hooters, Language

    March 10, 2003

    By Scott Norvell at Fox News The ever-vigilant Foundation for Individual Rights in Education reports that a professor at Citrus College in Glendora, Calif., forced her students to write antiwar letters to President Bush and penalized their grades when some refused. Professor Rosalyn Kahn demanded that students in her Speech 106, which is a required course, also write to a state senator expressing the same anti-war sentiments. When several students asked if they could write letters supportive of Bush instead, she told them that would not be acceptable and their grades would suffer if they did so. “While professor Kahn is […]

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  • Citrus College Will Sanction Instructor Accused of Giving Extra Credit for Letters Opposing War

    March 10, 2003

    By Lawrence Biemiller at The Chronicle of Higher Education Citrus College will sanction a part-time instructor whose students said she offered them extra credit for writing and sending letters to President Bush that opposed going to war with Iraq. Officials of the community college, which is located near Los Angeles, said that a dean met with students in the course on Thursday and that they “were clear in their understanding that they would only receive credit if they wrote ‘protest’ letters.” The instructor, Rosalyn Kahn, could not be reached on Sunday for comment. But in a brief comment to the Los […]

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  • College to apologize to Bush for professor

    March 8, 2003

    By Lou Marano at United Press International WASHINGTON, March 7 (UPI) — The president of a California college is sending a letter to President Bush apologizing for an instructor who gave students extra credit for writing anti-war missives to the White House. Citrus College President Louis E. Zellers wrote that Professor Rosalyn Kahn “did abuse her authority” in assigning students in her Speech 106 class to write letters to Bush protesting the possible war with Iraq. “Students were clear in their understanding that they would only receive credit if they wrote ‘protest’ letters,” Zellers said in a letter of thanks to […]

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  • Instructor Placed on Leave Over Letters

    March 8, 2003

    By Rebecca Trounson at The Los Angeles Times A speech instructor at Citrus College has been placed on administrative leave after students complained that she told them they could earn extra credit by writing to President Bush to protest a possible war with Iraq, a college official said Friday. Rosalyn Kahn, a part-time instructor at the two-year college in Glendora, told students in January that they would not receive extra credit if they used their letters to express other political views, including support for the war, said Samuel T. Lee, associate dean for language arts and foreign languages at the college. […]

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