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Academic Freedom on the Ropes in U.S. Colleges | Feb 16, 2017

California College Student Suspended for Taping Prof’s Anti-Trump ‘Act of Terrorism’ Rant

– PJ Media

“In an Orwellian twist, a student at Orange Coast College (OCC) who filmed his professor’s anti-Trump rant was suspended from his school, required to meet with the dean of students to “request…reentry,” and forced to write an apology and a three-page essay explaining why he recorded the rant, the negative impacts of his recording, and how he will “prevent this from happening in the future.” The student has appealed the decision.

“This is an attack by leftists in academia to protect the expressive rights of their radical instructors at the expense of the expressive rights of conservative students on campus,” declared Bill Becker, founder, president, and general counsel of Freedom X, who is representing the student. Becker announced that his organization will file a notice of appeal on Wednesday, arguing that the student’s “constitutional and legal rights have been violated.”

Caleb O’Neil, the previously anonymous student, was notified of his suspension last Thursday, February 9. On December 9, 2016, O’Neil published a YouTube video of Olga Pere Stable-Cox, his psychology professor.

In that video, Stable-Cox called then President-elect Donald Trump a “white supremacist,” denounced Mike Pence as “one of the most anti-gay humans in this country,” and called their electoral victory “an act of terrorism.” She added that “we are way beyond Republicans and Democrats, we are really back to being in a civil war.”

Given the harsh nature of these remarks, and the fact that O’Neil had reportedly worn Trump campaign t-shirts to class, the student was “in fear of retaliation by his instructor after she launched into a half-hour rant in which she labeled Trump a ‘white supremacist’ and told the class she would no longer tolerate any person who voted for Trump,” Freedom X reported.

According to the law firm, “O’Neil videotaped the rant over concerns that his grade might be lowered for the class because of his outward show of support for Trump. He intended to use the video to present the administration as evidence of his concerns.”

The email which notified O’Neil of his suspension charged the student with violating the Student Code of Conduct against tape recording and unauthorized use of electronic devices in the classroom, Campus Reform reported.”

….Continue reading @ PJ Media

Question: How can taping a course at a public college be construed as illegal? Anything said at a publicly funded college should be open to the public. How can we know what is being taught and does it provide a value to the community? The student was suspended and made to write an apology. If any apology is warranted it should come from the professor and should include an explanation on why the professor’s diatribes need to be kept from the public. /CJ 

UCSD Chinese students exercise free speech in pursuit of suppression of free speech

– Daily Caller

Chinese Students Protest As California University Refuses To Toe Communist Party Line

“Chinese students at a California university are protesting over the institution’s refusal to adhere to the Communist Party of China’s bottom line on the Tibetan spiritual leader — the Dalai Lama.

The University of California, San Diego (UCSD) has invited the exiled Tibetan leader to deliver the keynote address at this year’s commencement ceremony, and Chinese students are outraged, Inside Higher Ed reports. In a rather peculiar turn of events, these Chinese students, who would not be permitted to protest in China due to government regulations, are using the growing trend of campus activism in the U.S. to pressure UCSD to accept the Chinese government’s official position on the Dalai Lama.

Some students are protesting under the online banner #ChineseStudentsMatter.

UCSD chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla described the Dalai Lama as a “man of peace” who “promotes global responsibility and service to humanity,” but China perceives him as a separatist leader determined to divide a united China. For decades, the Dalai Lama called for a free and independent Tibet, but he has since moderated his position, calling for a “high degree of autonomy.” China firmly opposes all of the Dalai Lama’s interactions with foreign governments and institutions.

After discussing the situation with officials at the Chinese consulate, the Chinese Students and Scholars Association at UCSD posted a statement online in response to the university’s decision to invite the Dalai Lama to speak at graduation.

“The Dalai Lama is not merely a religious person. He is also a political exile who has long sought to divide the motherland and destroy national unity,” the students wrote, adding that the organization “resolutely rejects any attempt to slander and belittle Chinese history through provocative acts and offensive political remarks that affect China’s international image.”

Some observers suspect that the Chinese students at UCSD are acting on behalf of the Chinese government.

“They are acting as an arm of the Chinese embassy or consulate,” Robert Barnett, the director of the modern Tibetan studies program at Columbia University suggested to Inside Higher Ed reporters. “Nevertheless, we have to also recognize that the university has taken a strong position here, one that many people will sympathize with, but which is a challenge to the position taken by the Chinese government and shared by some Chinese.”

The CSSA denies that it is connected to the Chinese government.”

…..Continue reading @ Daily Caller

 

ICE: Arrested ‘dreamer’ in Seattle admitted having gang ties

– HotAir

When Daniel Ramirez Medina was arrested in Seattle last Friday it quickly became national news because Medina is a “dreamer,” i.e. he is registered under President Obama’s Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents had gone to a house in the Seattle suburbs to arrest Medina’s father but wound up arresting Daniel as well. Lawyers for Medina demanded that ICE explain its decision and today the agency did. From the Associated Press:

A Seattle area man detained by immigration agents despite his participation in a federal program to protect those brought to the U.S. illegally as children admitted to having gang ties and that he had been arrested previously, the U.S. Justice Department said in court documents filed Thursday.

Daniel Ramirez Medina, 23, “stated ‘no, not no more,’ when asked if he is or has been involved with any gang activity,” the documents said.

Ramirez, who is Mexican and arrived in the U.S. at age 7, was asked by authorities who arrested him about a tattoo described in the documents as a “gang tattoo” and “responded that he ‘used to hang out with the Surenos in California,’ that he ‘fled California to escape from the gangs,’ and that he ‘still hangs out’ with” gang members in Washington state,” the documents added.

DACA is ostensibly an act of prosecutorial discretion which makes is relatively easy for its protection to be removed if someone is judged to be a threat to public safety.”

…..Continue reading @ HotAir

 

Top Mexican Official Is Concerned About Arrest Of Illegal Immigrant Gang Member

– Daily Caller

“Mexico’s top diplomat in the U.S. said Thursday he is “concerned” about the recent arrest of an alleged illegal immigrant gang member by Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

ICE arrested Daniel Ramirez-Medina, an alleged illegal immigrant gang member, last week after they encountered him at a home in Washington targeting a previously deported felon. While Medina had received amnesty under President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, DACA’s rules don’t allow recipients to be gang members.

“We are concerned because these boys were in the U.S. with adequate legal status…Daniel not only applied for DACA once, but he renewed his status in 2016,” Mexico’s undersecretary for foreign affairs in North America Carlos Sada told Radio Formula. He said the arrest of Medina has caused “nervousness and anguish” among the the “large community of boys” who have received deferred action priority due to DACA.

ICE said in a statement Wednesday that since the start of the DACA program in 2012, around 1,500 recipients have had their deferred action terminated “due to a criminal conviction, gang affiliation, or a criminal conviction related to gang affiliation.”

….Continue reading @ Daily Caller