SUCOLitis aspires to be something like The Onion of law-school life. The Syracuse, N.Y., satirical news blog has attracted thousands of views with fake headlines about beer pong, third-year students serving burritos, and the election of the university’s "sexiest Semite." It delights in attributing fake quotes to students and faculty, as well as to famous alumni like Vice President Joe Biden, who is quoted as calling SUCOLitis "even funnier than me."According to the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, the law school:
Syracuse University officials aren’t laughing.
has threatened a student with "harassment" charges for the last two months because of the content of a satirical blog about life in law school, but the university has refused to tell him what expression in particular justified the charges or even who is charging him. Worse still, [the law school] is now demanding a gag order on law student Len Audaer, his attorney, and any media outlets that receive information about the case. Audaer, who potentially faces expulsion, came to the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) for help.The SUCOLitis blog is no longer public.
As law prof Ann Althouse notes, attributing fake quotes to real people is problematic--Google can't filter out parody from a search. But threatening expulsion and seeking a gag order seem a bit heavy-handed.
Had that been the policy when I was an undergrad there, I might never have got a degree.