The University of Minnesota Senate and Board of Regents not only imposed regulations on the public display of student group events and information, but also limited their use of the post office for the circulation of material. Though they argued that prohibited material was limited to that which was “purely propaganda,” the Regents’ decision was the culmination of ongoing disputes with liberal campus groups. Therefore, many saw the new rules as a backlash against student radicalism. Dean of Students Edward Nicholson constantly advocated for these limitations on student rights to expressing diverse political attitudes. No one ever defined propaganda.
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