VIRGINIA — Hampton University will not expel seven students accused of violating university policy when they passed out unauthorized fliers on campus.
Inside Higher Ed, an online publication, reported yesterday that after a hearing with administrators last week the students were allowed to remain enrolled, but six will have to complete 20 hours of community service.
The students distributed fliers on topics such as the Bush Administration, AIDS awareness and Hurricane Katrina, among other issues, according to the Inside Higher Ed article. The students received a letter saying they had violated university policy and had to appear before a disciplinary panel. The maximum penality for the violation was expulsion.
None of the students could be reached for comment.
First Amendment advocacy groups came to the accused students
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