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January 22, 2004

ACADEMIC INTIMIDATION
GOP students launch complaint Web site

BOULDER, Colorado (AP) -- Republican students at the University of Colorado launched a Web site to gather complaints about left-leaning faculty members, saying they want to document discrimination against conservative students and indoctrination to the liberal viewpoint.

"We want concrete examples of bias in our arsenal when we go to the administration, the regents and the Legislature," said Brad Jones, 20, chairman of the College Republicans, who launched the Web site last week.

The CU College Republicans are affiliated with Students for Academic Freedom, a national organization started by California conservative activist David Horowitz, who is pushing a Colorado effort to protect students from what the group sees as harassment or discrimination based on political beliefs.

Most faculty and many Democrats deny liberal indoctrination exists on campuses.

"I'm shocked the students would resort to this," said Barbara Bintliff, a CU law school professor and chairwoman of the Boulder Faculty Assembly. "I'm concerned they may wind up with a blacklist"
Not too sure whether this is wrong, yet. It's not the government doing it. I imagine if it caught on, however, it could be pretty intimidating to faculty.

The fact that David Horowitz is involved, doesn't bode well either.