The trustees of the California State University system have decided against putting an end to a controversial San Diego State University exchange program that allowed students to travel to Turkish-occupied parts of Cyprus, the Los Angeles Times reported today.

Opponents of the program, in particular influential Greek Americans, had condemned the university system for what they saw support for an illegitimate government.

From the story:

Last month, a committee of Cal State trustees that had examined the controversy declined to end the program and instead asked system Chancellor Charles B. Reed to develop new rules for study abroad. On Wednesday, the full board of trustees, meeting at system headquarters in Long Beach, concurred.

Reed last week issued guidelines that prohibited classes from being held in a country with a State Department travel warning, unless excepted by the chancellor, and required that students be informed in advance about health, safety or political restrictions.

Some critics have argued that allowing politically appointed trustees to step in would have compromised the culture of academic freedom.

VLADIMIR KOGAN

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