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Student Rights Essay

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It is sobering to read the Keith Sampson Indiana University- Purdue University Indianapolis case. When I first heard of the case I thought it absurd that a college accepting large amounts of money from students is restricting their basic rights. Whether the book had a derogatory title or not does not matter, people have the freedom to read what they choose. In addition to the freedom to read, I have read many other cases on the FIRE website which gave examples of disregard for other basic rights students posses. The freedom to read, freedom of speech, religion, and conscience are all vital to students, and must be protected. ("Indiana university -," 2009)
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Princeton denied their club, Princeton Faith and Action, the right to be officially recognized. The Princeton Faith and Action club is associated with the Christian Union- an off campus ministry serving Ivy League Universities. It’s own request to apply to have a full-time chaplain on campus was presented to student government, but was deferred to be brought up with the Dean because the club was religious in nature. (Note that secular clubs do not have to go through this process to be recognized.) The Dean of Religious Life, Thomas Breidenthal, rejected the request to have a chaplain and also told them that they could not be officially recognized. He rejected it because he didn’t “like” that they were associated with the Christian Union. His exact words were, “this is the way things are done {at Princeton}”. Denying students religious freedom ultimately goes against the Constitution, much like denying students freedom of conscience. ("Princeton university: Refusal," 2005)
Gun rights are definitely a controversial issue, but that does not mean that students lose the right to voice their opinion about the subject. Washington State University student Ed Swan had conflicting views about the subject with his professor, and thus received a poor evaluation on his “dispositions” criteria for the class. He required students to abide to certain ideological concepts, “appreciate and value human diversity”, be sensitive to community and cultural norms, and respect others varied perspectives. The criteria is contradictory to the situation at hand, as Swan was penalized for opposing gun control as well as not believing that white privilege or male privilege exist. He was forced to sign a contract that submit...

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