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  • redcloud2oo4
    Know any college students being unjustly persecuted and descriminated against for not being politically correct? Here s some people who might be able to help.
    Message 1 of 1 , Jun 1 8:31 PM
      Know any college students being unjustly persecuted and descriminated
      against for not being "politically correct? Here's some people who
      might be able to help.

      -Jim in Texas

      Students for Academic Freedom Year-End Report

      In its first academic year of operations, Students for Academic
      Freedom has become a nationwide campus movement dedicated to
      promoting intellectual diversity and to removing political
      partisanship from the classroom. SAF has inspired legislators in at
      least ten states and the U.S. Congress to take up the Academic Bill
      of Rights. Its website http://www.studentsforacademicfreedom.org has
      become
      a leading destination for college students across America. As the end
      of the school year approaches, it's time to take stock of our record
      of accomplishment.

      Principal achievements:
      The creation of 135 chapters on as many college and university
      campuses across the country in just two school terms. Among the
      schools organized are Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Columbia, Duke,
      Brown, UCLA, Berkeley, U. Wisconsin-Madison, Missouri, Emory, Georgia
      Tech, Michigan and American University.

      These chapters are collecting documentation of political abuses in
      the classroom and advocating passage of the Academic Bill of Rights.
      The Bill of Rights calls on colleges and universities to end
      discrimination in hiring practices based on political or religious
      beliefs and to promote intellectual diversity and academic freedom on
      campus. By exposing partisanship in the classroom to public scrutiny,
      SAF has helped to create nationwide awareness of widespread classroom
      indoctrination and partisan discrimination on college campuses.

      United States Congressman Jack Kingston (R-GA) has introduced the
      Academic Bill of Rights as House Concurrent Resolution 318, which
      calls for colleges and universities to voluntarily end discrimination
      in hiring practices based on political or religious beliefs and to
      promote intellectual diversity on campus. Senator Jeff Sessions (R-
      AL) has agreed to sponsor similar legislation in the U.S. Senate in
      September.

      In Colorado, a bill to enshrine principles of the Academic Bill of
      Rights into state statute passed the House Education Committee on a 6-
      5 vote after nearly 3 and a half hours of testimony. Its sponsor,
      Rep. Shawn Mitchell, was then approached by the presidents of the
      University of Colorado and other major state institutions with a
      request that if he would withdraw his bill, they would voluntarily
      incorporate the provisions of the proposed law into university
      policy. In a Memorandum of Understanding signed by the university
      presidents, they agreed to promote and respect intellectual diversity
      at Colorado institutions of higher learning, revise campus grievance
      procedures to make certain that no student is penalized or
      discriminated against for his or her political opinions, and ensure
      that funds for student activities and guest speakers are fairly
      distributed to promote representation of diverse points of view. In
      addition, the university presidents agreed to sponsor discussions and
      initiatives to "ensure the campus environment is open and inviting to
      students of all political viewpoints." A legislative resolution
      enumerating the points of the Memorandum of Understanding and
      guaranteeing legislative follow-up was subsequently introduced by
      Senate President John Andrews and House Speaker Lola Spradley, and
      was adopted unanimously by the Colorado Senate, and overwhelmingly by
      the House.

      In Georgia, a similar resolution introduced by Senator Eric Johnson
      was adopted by the Georgia State Senate on a 41-5 vote, after hearing
      testimony from Congressman Kingston, David Horowitz, and a number of
      Georgia college students who personally experienced discrimination on
      the basis of their political and religious beliefs. The resolution,
      which calls upon all universities in the State of Georgia to observe
      the principles of the Academic Bill of Rights, was sent to the
      Georgia Board of Regents and the presidents of every college and
      university in the state.

      Legislators in 8 other states are already moving to introduce
      legislation based on the Academic Bill of Rights, including Missouri,
      Michigan, Oklahoma, Massachusetts, California, Utah, Washington and
      Ohio.

      At its April conference, the American Legislative Exchange Council
      (ALEC), a bi-partisan body composed of over 2,400 state legislative
      officials, adopted both a model resolution and model statutory
      language based on the Academic Bill of Rights, and agreed to work
      with us to press for legislation in all fifty states. With the help
      of ALEC we expect the Academic Bill of Rights will be adopted by more
      than twenty states within the next year.

      Administrators at Brown University and Brooklyn College have agreed
      to incorporate the idea of "intellectual diversity" in existing
      diversity programs. This means instituting respect for ideological
      and political difference, ensuring that under-represented points of
      view receive fair representation, and in general fostering a
      plurality of viewpoints on the campus. Discussions with the
      presidents of Emory, Grinnell and Brandeis, and with diversity
      administrators at Georgia Tech, Tufts and Bentley indicate a
      willingness to take similar steps. This will become a major effort of
      Students for Academic Freedom in the coming school year.

      At Brown University the Undergraduate Student Council voted
      unanimously to pass a Resolution on Academic Freedom based on the
      Academic Bill of Rights. "I am elated about this," commented student
      Stephen Beale who introduced the resolution. "When I was a freshman
      the UCS passed a resolution condoning the theft of the campus
      newspapers. This represents a significant shift away from that
      attitude and is a major victory not only for students at Brown but
      also for Students for Academic Freedom nationwide."

      Student Councils at the University of Montana, Utah State and three
      other schools have passed similar resolutions, as has the Faculty
      Senate of the University of Denver. An academic freedom resolution
      inspired by the Academic Bill of Rights was endorsed by the Cornell
      Daily Sun and failed passage by only one vote.
      Other achievements (partial list):

      San Francisco State University reversed the expulsion of student
      Tatiana Menaker, a Russian Jewish refugee, who had been expelled for
      five years after comments she made objecting to a Palestinian campus
      demonstration at which activists shouted "Hitler didn't finish the
      job." She was not granted a hearing in her own defense, but instead
      was immediately escorted off campus by three uniformed campus police
      officers. Students for Academic Freedom organized a "Tatiana Menaker
      Defense Committee" which succeeded in negotiating her immediate
      reinstatement as a student.
      At Metro State (Denver) student George Culpepper was banned from the
      Political Science Association by its faculty advisor Oneida Meranto,
      along with all College Republicans. When he testified about the
      episode to a Senate hearing for the Academic Bill of Rights,
      Professor Meranto publicly attacked him in the Denver Post, claiming
      that his testimony was sour grapes because he was failing her class.
      In fact, Culpepper was earning a B+ in her course until he
      voluntarily dropped it because of her bias. In making this false
      statement to the press, Meranto violated the federal Family
      Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA), which forbids
      teachers from discussing their students' grades and educational
      progress publicly. SAF took up Culpepper's defense, bringing
      widespread media attention and Meranto's resignation as faculty
      advisor to the student Political Science Association.

      At Georgia Tech, Ruth Malharto, a public policy major was told by her
      public policy professor that she would fail her course because she
      went to a conservative conference in Washington. SAF notified the
      dean of diversity at Georgia Tech, congressman Jack Kingston and the
      office of governor Sonny Perdue. All three intervened in behalf of
      the student who was allowed to withdraw from the course without
      penalty.

      At Roger Williams University, located in Rhode Island, SAF helped to
      expose and document a clear-cut case of censorship. The president and
      administration of the school froze the funding of a conservative
      student publication, The Hawk's Right Eye, and publicly castigated
      the paper's editors for their viewpoints after the newspaper printed
      articles criticizing the lack of intellectual diversity among
      university-sponsored speakers this fall. Following a public outcry,
      the funding was unfrozen.

      At Indiana University, Bloomington, Students for Academic Freedom
      launched an investigation into a Workplace Safety course which had
      been turned into a propaganda class against the United States and
      Israel and their efforts in the War On Terror. SAF students on campus
      spearheaded a movement joined by the Indiana Association of Scholars
      and faculty members on campus, to expose the misleading course
      description and ask the administration to make changes. The course
      has been completely revamped and the instructor reassigned.

      At the University of Nevada—Las Vegas, SAF students conducted a
      detailed study on the political diversity of faculty at UNLV. The
      report showed a very large disparity favoring registered Democrats
      over Republicans among the faculty on that campus and discussed the
      repercussions that this could have for the education of all students.
      The research report, which can serve as a template for similar
      studies on other campuses, is available on the Students for Academic
      Freedom website.

      At DePauw University in Indiana, Students for Academic Freedom
      supported College Republicans who were attacked by Director of
      Multicultural Affairs Jeanette Johnson-Licon because they had invited
      David Horowitz,to speak on campus. After SAF helped to publicize her
      comments, both Johnson-Licon and the university administration made
      full apologies to the students and to David Horowitz. The DePauw
      College Republicans and SAF chapter are planning meetings with the
      campus administration at which they will encourage the University to
      adopt the Academic Bill of Rights.

      Students for Academic Freedom has taken out ads in more than two
      dozen ads in campus papers nationwide to challenge professors' abuse
      of their classrooms as political soap boxes.

      Press comments on Students for Academic Freedom:

      The nation's most prominent publications including the New York
      Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Times, the Chronicle of Higher
      Education, and the Los Angeles Times have all taken note of SAF's
      remarkable record of achievement. International coverage has also
      appeared in the London Times and The Australian.

      "I wish to hail David Horowitz's latest project, his `Academic Bill
      of Rights,' a proposal from Students for Academic Freedom," wrote Jay
      Nordlinger, the managing editor of National Review magazine. "The
      idea is to promote genuine diversity — diversity of thought — on
      campus. And to protect students and faculty from ideological bullying
      (of which I, like many others, got huge doses while in college….This
      is a hugely important effort."

      "David Horowitz sure knows how to make college administrators
      squirm," commented an editorial in the Wall Street Journal. "The
      talent dates from his radical days in the early 1960s, when as a grad
      student he found himself hauled before Berkeley officials upset at a
      protest he had organized without first getting a permit. More than
      four decades later he's still unsettling the campus hierarchy, but
      this time it's over something it is already supposed to believe in:
      academic freedom."

      "When a student at a Colorado school wrote an essay on why Saddam
      Hussein was a war criminal, instead of why George W. Bush was, as her
      professor asked, she received a failing grade….Which is why we are
      more than encouraged to hear that the Academic Bill of Rights (ABR)
      campaign is gaining serious momentum on campuses all across the
      country," stated the Washington Times.
      Students for Academic Freedom has already demonstrated its ability to
      expand the scope of academic freedom across the nation. We plan to
      take this mission even further in our second year of operations. Our
      top priorities for the coming year are to get the Academic Bill of
      Rights adopted as university policy and the idea of "intellectual
      diversity" incorporated into existing diversity programs, and to
      expand the number of states adopting the Academic Bill of Rights. We
      will also promote intellectual diversity enrichment programs on as
      many campuses as possible.


      Sara Dogan
      National Campus Director
      Students for Academic Freedom
      www.studentsforacademicfreedom.org
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