San Diego State Reviews Policies After Poster Dispute

May 3, 2016

San Diego State University announced Monday that it will review its policies on free speech amid a debate over posters that named leaders of campus efforts to promote a boycott of Israel, The Los Angeles Times reported. Many Muslim students said the posters effectively characterized them as terrorists, and said the university should have condemned the posters. Some students last week blocked a car carrying Elliot Hirshman, the president, to express their frustrations.

After a university meeting with student leaders, San Diego State issued this statement: "The parties have agreed that … they will undertake a review of university policies to ensure we are balancing freedom of expression and protection from harassment. We concluded by agreeing that in cases where racism, Islamophobia, misogyny, homophobia and all forms of bigotry result, we abhor the content of such expressions, even as we recognize the protected status of these expressions. Finally, we reaffirm our commitment to supporting an environment that fosters meaningful dialogue and mutual respect."

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