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Professor bans Fox News as citing reference at West Liberty University

Feb. 15, 2013 at 9:46 AM   |   Comments

Feb. 15 (UPI) -- One professor at West Liberty University in West Virginia, has forbidden her students to cite Fox News as a serious academic reference because she considers the news channel too biased.

Stephanie Wolfe, a visiting assistant professor at WLU, allegedly issued a syllabus that banned a few organizations as reliable citing sources for her political science class.

According to Fox News, the professor's Syllabus reads:

"DO NOT use:

1) The Onion — this is not news this is literally a parody

2) Fox News — The tagline “Fox News” makes me cringe. Please do not subject me to this biased news station. I would almost rather you print off an article from the Onion"

Wolfe has caused quite a commotion among some of her students' parents who don't agree with her ban on the news channel as they perceive it as forced political bias and have taken their complaints to local media channels, WTOV reported.

Robin Capehart, the President at West Liberty University, was quick to side with the concerned parents.

“One of our values at West Liberty is to encourage students to go out and inquire and gather information and look at as many different sources as possible on any side, before you reach your opinion,” Capehart told WTOV.

“Any attempt to limit the breadth of a student’s ability to investigate is obviously something at which we have a concern,” he added.

Wolfe, who is covering for another professor who is on leave, has lifted the limitation on her student's research sources following all the complaints, according to officials. It is unknown if action will be taken against the professor.

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