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Free speech expert questions suspension of UW fraternity

May 30, 2012

A UW-Madison free speech expert is questioning whether the university had the evidence to suspend a school fraternity for two years.

Donald Downs, a UW-Madison political science professor, said he is reviewing the case with the Committee for Academic Freedom and Rights, an independent faculty group that takes on university issues like free speech and due process.

Last week, the university released a decision to suspend Delta Upsilon after fraternity members reportedly taunted two black female students using socioeconomic terms. The Committee on Student Organizations wrote that it believes a bottle was thrown but could not determine whether it was aimed at the two women, according to a decision released last week...

Schools: University of Wisconsin – Madison