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UD investigates white supremacist

7:14 p.m., Feb. 16, 2006--The Wilmington News Journal published an article on Sunday, Feb. 12, about a University of Delaware graduate student alleged to be involved in a white supremacist hate group.

After being contacted by the newspaper, the University of Delaware looked into the matter and found that no complaints had been made about the activities of the student in the article, Robert Huber, who is a graduate student in physics. Nor was there any indication that he shared any of his personal political viewpoints in his activities as a graduate student.

The University also discussed the matter with the American Civil Liberties Union. Its advice and that of the University's legal counsel is that the University does not have grounds to make any changes in Huber's status at the University.

While the University does not impose sanctions on political beliefs, it will not hesitate to act if those beliefs lead to actions that are harmful or threatening to others, UD President David P. Roselle said.

"It is a personal affront when persons with hateful beliefs espouse those beliefs, insist upon their right to make public displays of their beliefs or otherwise attempt to spread their venom," Roselle said. "But, a fundamental tenet of our nation is that my objection or, as in this case, the University's objection, is not sufficient reason to deny the right of free speech.”

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