Montclair State Overturns Suspension For "Trolling"

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A Montclair State University student suspended for comments he made on YouTube and Facebook will get to return to class after the school’s president overturned the punishment.

Joseph Aziz, 26, was informed of Montclair State President Susan Cole’s decision in a letter sent Thursday, school officials said. The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, a nonprofit civil liberties group, had appealed to the president to reconsider Aziz’s one-semester suspension earlier this month.

The graduate student said he is happy to be able to return to school. But he is disappointed it took media coverage and the intervention of a civil liberties group to prompt the university to reconsider his case.

"The school has reversed my suspension, however it took the force of the media for this to occur," said Aziz, of Weehawken. "It is disquieting that the administration at MSU, through either disregard of the U.S. Constitution or ignorance, chose to violate my rights as prescribed under the 1st, 5th, and 14th amendments.

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