Early removal of tenure for president Ronald M. Berkman of Cleveland State University
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Over the weekend, we received flyers on campus that were encouraging people of the LGBT community to commit suicide, and were sponsored by a white supremacy blog called Fascist Solutions for the West. They were taken down soon after they were discovered, but the university administration took the entire weekend to respond. When they came forward, Ronald Berkman defended the flyer in the name of free speech
"Dear Students, Faculty and Staff:
At Cleveland State University, our foremost priority is maintaining a welcoming environment that provides opportunities for learning, expression and discourse.
CSU remains fully committed to a campus community that respects all individuals, regardless of age, race, color, religion, national origin, sexual orientation and other historical bases for discrimination.
CSU also is committed to upholding the First Amendment, even with regard to controversial issues where opinion is divided. We will continue to protect free speech to ensure all voices may be heard and to promote a civil discourse where educational growth is the desired result.
Be assured that a spirit of inclusiveness will always be central to the very identity of our University.
Ronald M. Berkman"
we as a student body would like action to take place both for whoever is the original poster, and for Ron who decided the safety of his students is less important than the white supremacists right to threaten said students
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