Long Island U. Settles With Students in Case Involving a Rubber-Duck Hostage

March 01, 2007

The C.W. Post campus of Long Island University has settled a $2.5-million lawsuit filed by five students who contended that the private university had wrongfully fired them as resident assistants because they made a video alleged to be offensive to Muslims, the Student Press Law Center reported. Details of the settlement were not released.

The case arose last month, when the students were fired from posts as resident assistants after a video they made spoofing a hostage situation appeared on the Internet. During the two-minute video, four of the students appear in ski masks holding a rubber duck as “hostage.” The students later apologized, saying they had not intended to offend Muslims.