FIRE criticizes QPac letter to SPJ chapter

September 24, 2008

Quinnipiac University Vice President for Public Affairs Lynn Bushnell may have spoken up two weeks ago about the student-journalism controversy that occurred on her campus. But a national group still wants more answers.

College student First Amendment rights watchdog group Foundation for Individual Rights in Education sent a letter last week to Quinnipiac President John L. Lahey expressing that the group is "gravely concerned" that a letter sent from the administration to the school's Society of Professional Journalists chapter represents a threat to students' "freedom of speech and ... association." In the letter, sent two weeks ago to SPJ president and Quad News managing editor Jaclyn Hirsch, university officials reprimanded the SPJ for supporting the Quad News, an independent online student newspaper, not recognized by the university. Administrators threatened to shut the chapter down if the affiliation did not stop...

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