A San Francisco State panel has cleared College Republicans of charges they violated the student code of conduct by walking on Hamas and Hezbollah flags at an anti-terrorism rally. The flags — copies painted on paper — include the word â€œAllahâ€ in Arabic script. A student filed a complaint charging â€œattempts to incite violence and create a hostile environmentâ€ and â€œactions of incivility.â€ FIRE (Foundation for Individual Rights in Education) observes:
Although university administrators could have settled the matter informally or dismissed the charges outright, the university instead chose to press forward with a hearing on the charges.
The panel’s verdict in favor of free expression was unanimous.