Le Moyne College: Dismissal of Student Newspaper Adviser

Category: Freedom of Conscience
Schools: Le Moyne College

Le Moyne College dismissed a school newspaper’s adviser for failing to exercise more control over the paper. Professor Alan Fischler had been the paper’s adviser since 1996, when he was chosen by the paper’s staff. When he was dismissed, he was informed by administrators that they wanted a more “hands-on” adviser who would supposedly make the newspaper a “showpiece” for the college. Fischler, who continues to teach at Le Moyne, was replaced by an adviser hand-picked by administrators-a move that spurred a months-long strike by the newspaper’s student staff.

  • Groups Defend Paper Advisor

    May 15, 2006

    Two national organizations have publicly criticized Le Moyne College for planning to replace the adviser of its student newspaper, The Dolphin, against the wishes of the student staff. The two groups are the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, or FIRE, and the College Media Advisers, which serves faculty and staff advisers to college media. College officials in November told Alan Fischler, a tenured English professor who lives in Fayetteville, that they did not intend to renew his contract for the advisory position for the fall 2006 semester. Officials told him the newspaper looked unprofessional because of grammatical and typographical […]

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  • Le Moyne College Condemned for Pulling Student Newspaper’s Adviser

    May 12, 2006

    FIRE Believes Faculty Mentor Was Yanked to Punish Paper for Criticizing the School by Jim Brown Agape Press   A Catholic college in New York State is being accused of unjustly punishing a student newspaper and its faculty adviser for criticizing the school. A spokesman with the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) says the adviser’s dismissal by Le Moyne College in Syracuse reflects a growing trend on U.S. campuses toward administrative control of student press.Professor Alan Fischler had served as faculty adviser for Le Moyne’s student newspaper, The Dolphin, ever since he was chosen by its staff in […]

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  • Le Moyne College Censured for Dismissing Newspaper’s Adviser

    May 8, 2006

    SYRACUSE, N.Y. , May 8, 2006—Exposing a disturbing trend in campus censorship, Le Moyne College has dismissed its college newspaper’s adviser for not exercising more control over the student paper. The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) joins the national organization of student newspaper advisers, College Media Advisers (CMA), in condemning Le Moyne’s actions. The staff of the Dolphin student newspaper has also staged a months-long strike in protest. “This is only the latest example of the growing trend of increasing university control over student media,” stated FIRE President Greg Lukianoff. “If organizations and individuals do not take a […]

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