Conservative Student Journal Found Guilty of Harassment
Tufts University earned its Red Alert status by finding that The Primary Source (TPS), a conservative student newspaper, violated the school's harassment policy by publishing two satirical articles. TPS had published a satirical Christmas carol entitled "O Come All Ye Black Folk," which sparked controversy on campus because it harshly lampooned race-based admissions. Although TPS published an apology, a Tufts student filed harassment charges against the publication. Later, other Tufts students filed harassment charges in response to TPS' piece entitled "Islam-Arabic Translation: Submission," a satirical advertisement during Tufts' "Islamic Awareness Week." The advertisement consisted of factual statements about Islam and Islamic history. The two complaints were consolidated for a hearing before the university's Committee on Student Life, which ruled that TPS violated the university’s harassment policy. Though a prohibition against TPS on publishing anonymous articles was later overturned, the finding of harassment against TPS has been allowed to stand.