U. of Central Florida Student Says He Was Suspended for Viral Tweet of Ex’s Apology

A University of Central Florida student who tweeted his ex-girlfriend’s apology letter after a breakup, which he graded in red ink like a school paper, has been suspended, reported WFTV 9, a local ABC affiliate.

Nick Lutz posted the letter months ago, and it has been retweeted more than 121,000 times and liked more than 337,000 times. But Mr. Lutz and his lawyer, Jacob Stuart Jr., told WFTV 9 that even though the ex-girlfriend is not a UCF student, Mr. Lutz was placed on two semesters of suspension and probation for the tweet.

“That should really, fundamentally concern people,” Mr. Stuart told WFTV 9. “Not only those who are students, but people who believe in the idea of freedom of expression.”

Mr. Lutz said he received two letters from UCF: The first stated that he may have violated the law, while the second stated he had violated the university’s student rules of conduct regarding disruption and cyberbullying, according to WFTV 9.

A statement sent to The Chronicle by a UCF representative said that all student-conduct rulings are subject to appeal but that the university could not reveal further information about Mr. Lutz’s case for reasons of privacy.

“It’s important to understand that the process in this case may yet not be complete,” the statement said.

Mr. Lutz said he is in the process of appealing the university’s decision and has not deleted the tweet. Mr. Stuart, the lawyer representing Mr. Lutz, did not respond to a request for comment from The Chronicle.

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