Abu Dhabi on the Hudson: NYU goes after student protesters for trying to hand out flyers

by Kate Briquelet

Two New York University students say officials called security to intimidate them as they were quietly distributing flyers—then demanded one of them withdraw a formal complaint he made about the incident, The Daily Beast has learned. It’s just the latest free-speech crackdown at NYU, which has come under fire in recent months for suppression across its campuses.

Ashwin Gopi, a Ph.D. student at NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering, had been distributing flyers to shed light on educational consultants who snag hefty commissions for recruiting international students—many of whom are considered cash cows for American colleges.

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