From Inside Higher Ed:
T. Hayden Barnes opposed his universityâ€™s plan to build two large parking garages with $30 million from studentsâ€™ mandatory fees. So last spring, he did what any student activist would do: He posted fliers criticizing the plan, wrote mass e-mails to students, sent letters to administrators and wrote a letter to the editor of the campus newspaper. While that kind of campaign might be enough to annoy university officials, Barnes never thought it would get him expelled.
Rather than ignore him or set up a meeting with concerned students, Valdosta State University, in Georgia, informed Barnes, then a sophomore, that he had been â€œadministratively withdrawnâ€ effective May 7, 2007. In a letter apparently slipped under his dorm room door, Ronald Zaccari, the universityâ€™s president, wrote that he â€œpresent[ed] a clear and present danger to this campusâ€ and referred to the â€œattached threatening document,â€ a printout of an image from an album on Barnesâ€™s Facebook profile. The collage featured a picture of a parking garage, a photo of Zaccari, a bulldozer, the words â€œNo Blood for Oilâ€ and the title â€œS.A.V.E.-Zaccari Memorial Parking Garage,â€ a reference to a campus environmental group and Barnesâ€™s contention that the president sought to make the structures part of his legacy at the university.