JMU Activism

James Madison University ranks sixth on a new list of activist colleges and universities.

The list was compiled by Mother Jones Magazine, a publication concerned with social justice.

JMU made the list because of student opposition to the Board of Visitors' decision in April to ban distribution of the emergency contraceptive pill on campus.

About 2,700 students signed a petition to protest the board's action. Some students also went to the national media to talk about their anger over the decision, appearing in TIME Magazine and on Fox News.

Topping the list of activist colleges was the University of Tehran in Iran. Students there lodged a month-long protest when a reformist history professor was sentenced to death for questioning why clerics alone should have the power to interpret the Quran.

Cal-Berkeley also made the list. Nearly 100 people were arrested after a four-hour sit-in to protest the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq earlier this year.

JMU also made the Mother Jones list in 1998 when the school ranked Number Seven.

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