Dartmouth College suspends classes for day of 'debate'

April 24, 2013 at 2:08 AM

HANOVER, N.H., April 24 (UPI) -- Dartmouth College in New Hampshire canceled classes Wednesday in response to a student protest accusing the college of sexism and racism.

In an email sent late Tuesday, the president's office said the day would be used "to discuss Dartmouth's commitment to fostering debate that promotes respect for individuals, civil and engaged discourse, and the value of diverse opinions," The Dartmouth reported. The decision to suspend classes for the first time since a blizzard in February 2007 was made by Interim President Carol Holt and Michael Mastanduno, the dean of students.

In the email, the administration said students in Friday's protest had been the target of "threatening and abusive online posts."

Many students appeared to be wondering why classes were suspended.

One comment on The Dartmouth article suggested the targets did not find feel especially threatened: "The protesters have uploaded posts made about them on b@b to their personal Facebook pages as badges of honor. What is going on with this school? Am I being rational or am I a bigot?"

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