UNC Students Fight Perceived Bias at School · 25 March 2004

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Fox News--03/24/04

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Students at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill say they have had enough with being made to feel their views - decidedly not liberal - are illegitimate.

Campus conservatives say they are fighting back after a student who expressed his opposition to homosexuality during a classroom discussion was publicly ostracized by his professor.

Dean Bresciani, the vice chancellor of students at the school, admits that the professor was out of bounds.

"If she had dared to say any of the things she said about a homosexual, about a member of another minority group or anybody else on campus, she would have been immediately dismissed," he said.

But students want more than recognition that the professor was wrong. They have formed a group called Students for Academic Freedom (search) and are demanding the right to express their ideas without ridicule and retaliation. They also are seeking oversight of professors to make sure they keep their biases out of the classroom.

The students know they can't change campus overnight, but they are hoping by bringing the issue to light, they can at least guarantee the freedom to speak.

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