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Critics of an MSU’s disciplinary program said they’re confused by the university’s response in reviewing the program.
In February, MSU officials said the seminar was an optional punishment for students found violating a university regulation.
The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, or FIRE, said the Student Accountability in Community Seminar stifles students’ constitutional rights and demanded the program’s termination, prompting the university review.
The accountability seminar was presented by officials from Student Life and MSU Safe Place at a 2002 Association of Student Judicial Affairs’ International Conference, which FIRE’s president, Greg Lukianoff, attended.
“Every day they run the SAC (Student Accountability in Community) program, they’re violating the Constitution of the United States,” Lukianoff said.
In a March 7 letter to the foundation, Lee June, MSU’s vice president for Student Affairs and Services, responded to the criticism by saying “For those students who have been sanctioned through the judicial process, we see no problem in their participating in the SAC program... Download file "MSU responds to group"