University of Northern Colorado

Summary:

Our organization has been attacked in recent days by members of the media and others who questioned the validity of the story of a University of Northern Colorado student who was asked to write an essay on her criminology exam explaining "why President Bush is a war criminal." According to our original report, the student wrote instead about why Saddam Hussein is a war criminal and was given a failing grade. These attacks were initiated by Prof. Mano Singham in a March 3 column in the Cleveland Plain Dealer and were quickly picked up by mediamatters.org and other news sources who implied that we had made the whole thing up.

As the following articles illustrate, we have confirmed the existence of the student, the professor, and the exam. Officials at the University of Northern Colorado have produced a copy of the question which they claim was on the exam, but which doesn't match the student's recollections. The professor claims to have destroyed all copies of the actual exam, leading us to question how he could suddenly have come into possession of this particular exam question. Moreover, though the wording of this question differs from what we have reported, it still requires students to come up with a pre-determined answer to a very controversial issue. This is indoctrination and a violation of the tenets of academic freedom. For more information, please see the articles below.

Media Attacks and Reports:
Media Attacks and Reports on the UNC case

Response from Students for Academic Freedom:

University of N. Colorado President Kay Norton Confirms Existence of Student's Complaint
"...and actually last year, a young woman did raise a question about what she thought was an inappropriate examination question, I referred her to our procedures, she followed them, and I'm pleased to report to you that the original version of what would have been an inappropriate examination question proved not to be what was actually on the examination, and so the process worked."
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U. Northern Colorado Exam Timeline · 17 February 2009

A timeline detailing the unfolding of the complicated story of one student’s indoctrination via a question on a criminology exam.

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The Case of the Colorado Exam · 20 April 2005

By David Horowitz - FrontPageMag.com

04/21/05

My campaign for academic freedom has roused up a storm of unprincipled opposition from the academic left. Although the campaign is based on the academic freedom tradition of the American Association of University Professors extending back to 1915 it has been compared by its opponents - including the current leadership of the AAUP and the American Federation of Teachers -- to the "red scare" and the " McCarthy witch-hunt " and even Mao Zedong's purge of Communist Party officials during the " Cultural Revolution ."

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UNC Officials, Prof Feed Controversy · 28 March 2005

By David Horowitz--Greeley Tribune--03/29/05

More than a year ago, a student at the University of Northern Colorado was given a final exam in which she was required to explain either why George Bush was a war criminal or why the United States' "invasion" of Iraq was a criminal act.

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Debate Over Academic Freedom · 21 March 2005

In the following exchange, David Horowitz responds to academics' criticisms of our reporting of a case of political abuse at the University of Northern Colorado.

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Colorado: The Student Speaks · 17 March 2005

By David Horowitz--FrontPageMagazine.com--03/18/05

And indicates that the Professor and the University are withholding crucial facts and are probably not telling the truth about the grade and the exam.

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Correction: We Were Right · 16 March 2005

By David Horowitz--FrontPageMagazine.com--03/17/05

The Colorado press has weighed in on the Colorado exam caper and -- as usual -- substituted its anti-student, anti-academic freedom, editorial bias for what should have been straightforward reporting.

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Once More Into The Breach · 16 March 2005

By David Horowitz—03/17/05

The back and forth with the Soros’ attack site MediaMatters has become so tedious that not even I the target am interested anymore.

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Statement on University of Northern Colorado Case · 14 March 2005

By Erin Bergstrom--03/15/05

In the 2003-2004 term I was a volunteer activist for Students for Academic Freedom. I interviewed students on several different campuses regarding their first-hand experiences with academic bias and discrimination.

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Correction: Some Of Our Facts Were Wrong; Our Point Was Right · 14 March 2005

By David Horowitz--Frontpagemag.com--03/15/05

A report by Inside Higher Ed shows that some of the information we reported about an exam question at the University of Northern Colorado was inaccurate. The point we made -- that students were required to answer the question by explaining that the President of the United States is a war criminal -- was correct.

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University of N. Colorado Story Confirmed · 13 March 2005

By Ryan Call--03/14/05

Our organization has been attacked in recent days by members of the media and others who questioned the validity of the story of a University of Northern Colorado student who was required to write an essay on her criminology exam explaining "why President Bush is a war criminal."

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