On a warm fall morning, the students of the University of Connecticut were preparing to head off for a weekend seminar on the history of slavery and other issues.
The students were the focus of a media frenzy last week, when a professor told students that they were “stolen” by a white student.
The professor, Matthew N. Kesselman, who has taught at the university for 25 years, had come under fire after he wrote in an online posting that the students were “being robbed of their humanity” and had no right to demand the institution apologize for the event.
The controversy has prompted an investigation into whether Mr. Kselman violated the university’s policy on hate speech and, if so, how to prevent it.
“The university does not tolerate racism, anti-Semitism, bigotry, discrimination, xenophobia or other forms of intolerance,” the university said in a statement.
“We are committed to protecting our students, faculty and staff from hate speech that is not in accordance with our values, values that are inclusive, and values that promote academic freedom and respect for diversity.”
The students have now sued the university, saying it violated their right to free speech and that it has failed to adequately protect them from the threat of violence.
The university has denied that the professor violated the policy, saying he only referred to the event as a “seminar.”
The lawsuit also argues that the university should have provided more training on how to deal with such incidents, as well as better monitoring for such threats.
The campus has been in lockdown since Friday.
Mr. Nesselman told the Hartford Courant newspaper that the group was “going through a very difficult time,” adding that he hoped the school could help them through it.
The student leaders have also filed a $100 million class-action lawsuit in Connecticut state court, arguing that Mr. Trump should have canceled the event and for the university to apologize for its handling of the situation.
“I am a member of the United States Constitution,” the students wrote on their Facebook page, according to the Courant.
They added that they had been told that the event would be canceled in response to the university canceling a similar seminar in May. “
But we cannot continue to accept your racism and white supremacy, or your misogyny and racism, or you who have not been paying attention to our plight, the people of color, or the women of color.”
They added that they had been told that the event would be canceled in response to the university canceling a similar seminar in May.
“For a university to cancel a seminar on a day that is a holiday, or a day when students are protesting the death of the Confederate General Robert E. Lee, is beyond the pale,” the group wrote.
“It is a betrayal of all students and the university.”
The university said on Friday that the president’s office had been notified of the lawsuit and that the college’s administration had taken steps to make sure that the class was not canceled.
“While we are not aware of this specific incident, the university takes its responsibilities as a public institution very seriously,” the school said in an email to The Associated Press.
The event was a one-day seminar on American history and race that focused on the legacy of slavery.
The conference had attracted nearly 200 students from across the country.
The president of the Connecticut chapter of Students for Justice in Palestine, Nabil Fathi, said he would file a complaint against the university if it continued to hold the seminar.
“As an American and a human being, I feel like we’re being robbed of our humanity.
The school is treating us like they are a crime scene, and they’re treating us as if this is a terrorist attack,” he said.
“These are students of color who are standing up to be oppressed, and their struggle is not over.”
Students for Palestine has been active in recent years in the U.S. and around the world, particularly in the Middle East.
In April, they staged a sit-in outside the White House demanding the return of Palestinian prisoners.
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Students for Palestinian Rights, a student group, said the university has “been treating this as a terrorist event, and this is not something that they are going to be allowed to continue to do.”
The school’s president has called the students’ protest “inappropriate,” and Mr., Mrs. and Mrs. are terrorists.
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Mr Nesselmans comments about the incident are consistent with the views of the president and his administration, and are likely to be used as a pretext for further action by the administration, said Adam