Confederate flag raises issues, ire at a N.Y. college

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A University of Rochester student says college officials violated his right to free expression by forcing him to take down a Confederate flag he had put in the window of his room on campus.

Matthew Papay also said that the e-mail that two university deans — Richard Feldman and Matthew Burns — sent to students Friday misconstrued what happened.

"The deans lied in the e-mail about why I took it down — saying I did so by choice after discussion with fellow students — when in reality the school told me to take it down," said Papay.

"I am from North Carolina and the school is blatantly ignoring my rights to express the cultural identity I choose to identify with, even though the school prides itself on how 'culturally diverse' it is."

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