San Diego State University

At San Diego State University, an international student, Zewdalem Kebede, overheard several other students, speaking loudly in Arabic, express delight about the terrorist attacks. Kebede engaged the students and, in Arabic, challenged their positions. Kebede was accused by San Diego State University of abusive behavior toward the four students. A University judicial officer formally admonished Kebede and warned him that “future incidents [will result in] serious disciplinary sanctions.” FIRE has written to University president Stephen Weber about Kebede’s rights and about Weber’s obligations to the Constitution.

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