Quinnipiac University editors leave en masse to start independent Web outlet

The returning editor in chief, other returning editors and new applicants for editorial positions at Quinnipiac University’s student newspaper withdrew their applications en masse late last month in protest of a new selection process that will allow the dean of students to select The Chronicle’s editorial board.

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SPLC View: As is the case at all private schools, students at this mid-sized Connecticut university cannot look to the First Amendment to protect them from administrative censorship and interference. The First Amendment protects only against government censorship. While there may be other legal options available, depending on the school, very often the most effective defense against private school censorship has nothing to do with the law. It is unfortunate that students at Quinnipiac felt compelled to abandon their print newspaper, but one must certainly respect their desire to protect the independent student voice.