Syracuse reverses course after expelling student for Facebook post

Werenczak, discussing the CCAP representative’s comments, wrote on Facebook: “It’s not enough I’m … tutoring in the worst school in the city, I suppose I oughta be black or stay in my own side of town.”

He went on to write, “It kind of offends me that I’m basically volunteering the summer at Danforth, getting up at 6:30, with no AC, to help tutor kids and that’s not enough.”

The university drew unwanted attention in 2010 when administrators investigated a Syracuse University College of Law student for his participation in a satirical blog poking fun at life in law school.

Even though the blog included a disclaimer that “no actual news stories appear on the site,” Gregory Germain, a Syracuse law professor, threatened to expel the student for his posts on the blog.

Syracuse was placed atop of list of colleges and universities with the worst free-speech policies shortly after the threats of expulsion against the law student became public. Facing public pressure, Syracuse called off the investigation just days after the list was released online.

“Syracuse has a terrible history with online student speech, and we ought to be vigilant to make sure Syracuse upholds its promises,” Adam Kissel, vice president of FIRE, in a blog post.

Kissel questioned the university’s claim that administrators were following campus procedures.