Lewis v. St. Cloud State University

In the Oct. 27, 2003 issue of St. Cloud State University’s University Chronicle, a student claimed that professor Michael Lewis was anti-Semitic and had treated her unfairly. On Nov. 20, the paper retracted the article, but Lewis still sued the Minnesota school for defamation.

Ramsey County District Court judge M. Michael Monahan decided that the school was not responsible for libel in this case. While the school did play a role in the newspaper by providing the Chronicle with start-up funds from student tuition each year, taking part in selecting the paper’s advissr, editor and business editor and letting the paper use the official university logo, among other connections, the school did not have any editorial control of the publication. Therefore, the school could not be held legally responsible for what the students published.