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Students and their adviser at The Calumet have found themselves in a defensive position this month, but they don’t know against what and they don’t know against whom. Editor Molly Willson said Muscatine Community College’s Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action officer contacted her and other staff members for information about an article The Calumet published last month.
Administrators at Muscatine Community College also took actions to remove The Calumet’s full-time faculty adviser and replace him with a part-time adjunct instructor, modify the fall 2015 class schedule “to marginalize the journalism program” and reduce funding to the program, according to a complaint filed Tuesday in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Iowa.
A small group of student journalists have raised almost $4,000 so far to start an independent newspaper after facing harassment and intimidation from administrators for articles published in their college newspaper.
The judge wrote that the student journalists did not show enough evidence of retaliation or intimidation to proceed with a preliminary injunction against the college.
About a month after a federal judge dismissed the student editors' request for an injunction, the Calumet student editors drop their lawsuit against the university.
Student journalists at Muscatine Community College in Iowa filed a federal lawsuit against the college and launched an independent newspaper after facing intimidation and harassment from school administrators and faculty.
The J-Team, which consists of the SPLC, the Society of Professional Journalists and Investigative Reporters and Editors, traveled to Iowa on Friday to give support to student journalists facing censorship.