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Reader comment on item: Columbia University vs. America

Submitted by G. Frederick (United States), Apr 3, 2003 at 15:49

Dear Mr. Bollinger, as an educated man, surely you must be aware that many things in life actually do have limits.....

I fear however that you may not be aware that the so-called freedom of speech you shield your boy Nicky DeGenova behind, also has limits. However, unfortunately for you and more importantly, Columbia University, you cannot, no matter how hard you try separate your boy Nicky's ideas and opinions from the university's. As an employer, you are responsible for the actions of your employees. The fact is, it is now extremely foreseeable that violence will occur on Columbia University's campus as a direct and proximate result of the garbage being espoused by your employees. You and the University will be responsible for the injuries and damages that could have easily been prevented by simply terminating the University's relationship with N. DeGenova.
Why don't you become a hero. I realize you think Nicky's statements are protected under our Constitution. The problem is, you are not a lawyer and you are not paid to determine what is protected speech and what is not. I am a lawyer and I believe you have every right to terminate him immediately. Let him file a lawsuit, the burden is solely on him, not you or the university to prove that his speech was protected.

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