A dental student at Marquette University got in a bit of trouble over a blog posting.
I’ll let the Marquette Warrior sum it up:
But this is the first case we know of (there probably have been many we donâ€™t know of) when a precipitous and emotional reaction from University administrators led to a punishment that, if it stands, will ruin a studentâ€™s career.
Offended at blog statements that were ill-considered, but did not clearly (and probably did not at all) violate any ethical or professional norms, they imposed a tough sentence.
When the student had the temerity to ask for the hearing he had every right to, they ignored the expert testimony of their own ethicist, refused to hear the testimony of a faculty member who could discuss the prevailing norms of student blogging, and came down on the student like a ton of bricks.
The entire process did not look like the adjudication of a case of student misconduct. It looked like a vendetta.