2L Glad He’s No Longer a ‘Pariah’ After Syracuse Drops Probe of Satirical Blog
By Debra Cassens Weiss
Feb 2, 2011, 07:44 am CDT
A Syracuse University law student is feeling relief now that the school has dropped a harassment probe for his satirical blog posts.
Syracuse ended the investigation after the student, Len Audaer, e-mailed apologies to several students who had complained about the SUCOLitis blog, which had used real names and fake quotes, according to the Post-Standard and the Daily Orange. Audaer says he was one of several people who contributed to the blog. Posts covered everything from urinal etiquette to attractive 1Ls to sex with a dead school administrator.
“I think the one word that I feel right now is, ‘elated,’ ” Audaer told the Post-Standard. “I can return to being a student and stop being a pariah on campus.”
A group called the Foundation of Individual Rights in Education had cited the controversy in the Huffington Post when it named Syracuse the worst campus for free speech in America. That prompted Vice Chancellor and Provost Eric Spina to issue a statement saying the blog had contained “false, mean-spirited attacks” and anyone reading it “will realize it is not harmless fun.”