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Statement by Richard L. McCormick, President, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Condemning an Offensive Parody of Student Aaron Marcus in the Publication the Medium

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Friday April 6, 2012

Statement by Richard L. McCormick, President, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Condemning an Offensive Parody of Student Aaron Marcus in the Publication the Medium

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Federal
courts extend broad protection to student media. However, a recent
article in the Medium, purporting to be written by student Aaron Marcus
and using Mr. Marcus’ photograph, is extremely offensive and repugnant.
No individual student should be subject to such a vicious, provocative,
and hurtful piece, regardless of whether First Amendment protections
apply to such expression. The Medium’s article was particularly
despicable in light of Mr. Marcus’ Jewish faith.

Rutgers University is investigating the incident as a bias incident under the university’s anti-bias policies.

 

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