Tennessee State University has banned a popular, controversial web site from its servers, making it the first state-funded university to impose a ban on the web site, reports the Student Press Law Center. The decision was made to ban JuicyCampus.com from the university’s servers after an upset student’s parent complained to Michael Freeman, vice president for student affairs, about an anonymous comment posted about her child. JuicyCampus is a web site targeted to college students who are encouraged to post anonymous comments with the latest gossip from their campuses. There is no registration process, and anyone can post an anonymous comment. Tennessee State’s ban became public after Matt Ivester, CEO and president of JuicyCampus.com, sent an open letter to media outlets decrying the decision by Freeman. In the letter, Ivester derided Freeman’s decision as "Orwellian" and "joining the ranks of the Chinese government in internet censorship." Freeman disagreed, saying the site is still accessible to students using third-party companies such as a Blackberry or an iPhone. He said he made the decision on Nov. 12, the same day the mother made the complaint, adding that he did not consult legal professionals to determine if banning the site would impose First Amendment violations. Freeman backed up his decision by providing a written legal opinion from the school’s Office of Chief of Staff and University Counsel, stating that the university’s servers were not public forums. Ivester said students at Tennessee State should be upset about the ban, and he said he would support a lawsuit opposing the censorship, should any student decide to bring one against the school…

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