Saint Louis Community College: Student Punished for E-mailing Classmates
Having already completed his Ph.D at the Chinese Academy of Sciences and postdoctoral work at M.I.T and Columbia University, Jun Xiao was attending St. Louis Community College to prepare himself for medical school. Unhappy with the performance of his organic chemistry professor, Dr. Xiao sent an e-mail to several of his fellow students stating that he intended to withdraw from the course and suggesting that his fellow students do the same. A few days after this e-mail and without any notice or a hearing, Xiao received an e-mail from an administrator stating that he had been placed on "Disciplinary Probation" for, "hazing, disorderly conduct, breach of the peace, and failure to comply with directions of a college official." FIRE intervened on behalf of Xiao, demanding that the school respect his basic due process rights. With the assistance of the American Civil Liberties Union, Dr. Xiao was completely exonerated of all charges and all discipline charges removed from his file.
- "'The Montage' article on Jun Xiao's case at STLCC," February 11, 2008
- "Victory at St. Louis Community College," January 29, 2008: Under pressure from FIRE and the ACLU of Eastern Missouri, St. Louis Community College at Meramec has fully exonerated student Jun Xiao of hazing and disorderly conduct charges stemming from e-mails he sent inviting his classmates to join him in taking a class at a different college.
- "Settlement Agreement between Saint Louis Community College and Jun Xiao, January 25, 2008," January 25, 2008
- "St. Louis Community College Makes Mockery of Due Process," January 8, 2008: St. Louis Community College at Meramec (STLCC) is adding new outrages to its campaign against student Jun Xiao, who was charged with “hazing” and “disorderly conduct” after he sent e-mails inviting his classmates to join him in signing up for a class at another college. Last week, STLCC conceded that it could not punish Xiao—who was put on probation and banned from e-mailing his classmates—for his constitutionally protected e-mails. But rather than revoking his punishment, the college kept him on probation, citing new allegations including an absurd charge that Xiao asked too many questions in class. FIRE is calling on STLCC to end this mockery of due process and to provide its students with the fundamental rights to which they are entitled.
- "January 2, 2008 Letter to Xiao Informing Him of Appellate Hearing on New Charges," January 2, 2008
- "Letter from ACLU of Eastern Missouri to STLCC President Paul Pai, December 19, 2007," December 19, 2007
- "December 19, 2007 Letter from ACLU to STLCC President Paul Pai," December 19, 2007
- "St. Louis Community College Finds Student Guilty of ‘Hazing’ for E-mailing Classmates," December 17, 2007: St. Louis Community College at Meramec has placed a student on disciplinary probation and found him guilty of hazing and several other offenses simply for e-mailing other students about his plans to withdraw from a course at the school. After he was denied a fair hearing on the charges, student Jun Xiao contacted FIRE for help.
- "FIRE’s letter to St. Louis Community College President Paul Pai, December 4, 2007," December 4, 2007
- "October 26, 2007 Letter from Jun Xiao Asking for Written Clarification of Charges Against Him," October 26, 2007
- "October 24, 2007 Letter informing Jun Xiao of Disciplinary Probation," October 24, 2007
- "October 21, 2007 E-mail from Jun Xiao to Classmates," October 21, 2007
- "October 10, 2007 E-mail from Jun Xiao to Classmates," October 10, 2007
- "‘St. Louis Post-Dispatch’ Covers STLCC Victory," January 31, 2008
- "Victory at STLCC," by Emily Guidry, January 29, 2008
- "Community college drops charges against student,"
by Kavita Kumar, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, January 31, 2008
- "College in Missouri lifts disciplinary charges against defecting student,"
by Sara Lipka, The Chronicle of Higher Education, January 29, 2008
- "Student now faces fewer charges,"
by Kavita Kumar, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, January 10, 2008
- "Foundation takes up case of Meramec student,"
by Kavita Kumar, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, December 19, 2007