Educational Group: Occidental on Thin Ice, Suppressing Student Free Speech

July 20, 2004

Occidental College in Los Angeles is being accused of suppressing free speech by firing the host of a popular student radio program and finding him guilty of sexual harassment due to satirical jokes he made on the air.


In March, the school fired Jason Antebi for making on-air comments that two of his student government rivals claimed were offensive to "women, diversity, and Occidental College." Greg Lukianoff with the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) then wrote a letter to the college on behalf of Antebi. The school's response, he says, indicated to him that the general counsel recognized they had been caught "red-handed...

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