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Issues before the Yale College Chapter ACLU

Financial Aid Reform

The chapter has written a letter of concern to president Levin about the financial aid situation. It is unacceptable that foreign students have limited access to financial aid, and that resident aliens of the United States cannot apply early decision and apply for financial aid.
The chapter has also officially endorsed COFAR's (Commitee for Financial Aid Reform's) plan for comprehensive action.

CURFEW

New Haven wanted a mandatory curfew for teens who have more than 60 unexcused absenses in a school year or who are on parole. The New Haven aldermen proposed a 10 oclock curfew during the week and 11 oclock on weekends. There were execptions if the juveniles are accompanied by adults. We oppose all curfews since, for one, police be interrogating and infringing on the rights of all New Haven youth, who they will stop to ask whether they have more than the required number of absences. The legislation also infringes on the right of parents to supervise their children. The cufew has been struck down, after community protest.

ACADEMIC FREEDOM AT YALE

Visit our petition page; we are calling on the Yale administration to reaffirm its continued commitment to academic freedom by signing on to the American Association of University Professors guidelines. Why?nDuring the recent union strikes Yale punished two undergraduates for merely petitioning union literature. Yale took more severe action against graduate students, two of which were given poor job recommendations criticizing their "poor judgement" in merely sympathizing with the unions.

ANTI-AGGRESSIVE PANHANDLING LAW

New Haven was considering a law that would make it easier for police to arrest homeless people, for "aggressive behavior." Truly aggressive behavior was already illegal; this legislation made it a crime for homeless people to do very innocuous things, like ask for money more than once, or say they need to get into a shelter when they don't. Everyday advertising is far more "aggressive," why should we criminilize the speech of our most helpless citizens? This bill was intended to encourage police to harass the homeless. Thank you to all of you who wrote to your Alderperson and supported opposition to this bill. It has been struck down.

INTERNET FREE SPEECH

On October 18th we had speakers Stephen Presser and Barry Steinhart speak to us about cyberliberties. A transcript will be available shortly. In the meantime, check out how the ACLU feels about the Communications Decency Act.

SEXUAL HARASSMENT between teachers and students

Sparked by the Jay Jorgenson case, where a professor allegedly had sexual relations with his student, we ran a sexual harassment survey here at Yale. View the results on line.

VICTIM'S RIGHTS AMENDMENT

Thank you to those of you who supported us in our opposition of the Victim's Right Amendment.


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