Roger Williams University

For Immediate Release · 19 October 2003

October 17, 2003

Students for Academic Freedom issued a call today for Roger Williams University to cease their suppression of free speech on campus.

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Censorship on a Rhode Island Campus · 16 October 2003

By Jason Mattera

American universities shun intellectual diversity. Or, at least, that's the grim conclusion conservatives at one Rhode Island campus have been reaching in recent weeks. At Roger Williams University in Bristol, RI members of the school's chapter of College Republicans have been physically threatened, accused of hate speech, and have stood by as the university forcibly shut down its only conservative publication and cut off funding to the school's only Republican organization.

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Open Letter from President Nirschel · 15 October 2003

Roger Williams University President Accuses Conservative Publication of "Flirt[ing] with Racist and Anti-Islamic Rhetoric"

School President Roy J. Nirschel writes:
"In recent days, a publication of a student-funded organization has crossed seriously over the lines of propriety and respect. In the past, this organization has flirted with racist and anti-Islamic rhetoric. The most recent issue of their publication, the Hawks Right Eye, is pornographic in nature, puerile, mean spirited and stereotypes gay individuals as child molesters, criminals or deviants."

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