The following letter is something I reproduced from a letter that was given to me earlier today by a confidential source who shall remain nameless. I have authenticated the document by comparing it to a signed document that Michael A. Wilner provided to the Claremont Independent several years ago. The letter to the Academic Standards Committee is reproduced above, through a scanned image and typed below.
My response will follow in a subsequent post as I believe that nothing Wilner has written here is true and it will be included in a letter I write to Elizabeth Morgan, the registrar
To the Academic Standards Committee,I'll have a full response up later today and I'll be writing to the Academic Standards Committee to let them know that the precedent of allowing someone found guilty before a J-Board and facing assault charges for punching Sasha Farina CMC '11 in the face repeatedly according to a police report. This in the face of the fact that Wilner used Farina's boyfriend's thesis to impugn his character at a J-Board hearing.
I write to you requesting that my senior thesis be exempt from online posting. I have no inherent problem with the new policy and do not write to you standing on principle, or citing a specific aspect of my thesis that is too personal or controversial for internet publishing. Rather, I write to you under extraordinary circumstances in which a fellow student on campus has targeted me for cyber harassment.
Charles Johnson has written and entertain others posting attacks on my integrity, my sense of character, and my moral judgment; the company I keep, the professors who teach me, my sexuality and the people I am intimate with. At its worst, the Dean of Students Office has had to monitor his blog for my safety, since no boundaries have been respected regarding the viciousness of the character assassination he has waged.
He has voices his intent publicly in student computer labs that his goal is to make me "unemployable." And he has directly cited my comments on writing a senior thesis in philosophy on heroism, made in an interview to CMC.edu, as a source he looks forward to using against me once published.
I stand by my thesis wholeheartedly. But I have had to endure enough online persecution while at this college, and while I have no problem with your policy in general, I ask you to make an exception under these incredibly unfortunate circumstances. I need to be able to work, and to graduate, in an academic environment in which I feel safe. And I simply cannot give him more content to rip apart and criticize, regardless of the quality and care of my work.
Thank you in advance,
Michael A. Wilner
Claremont McKenna College '11
There's really only one response to this: chutzpah.
[Full disclosure: I am also applying to have my thesis exempt as I am a finalist for a book award and would like to retain my copyright. (It's a dumb policy anyways, for reasons I lay out here.]