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Controversy Rising Over WLU Syllabus

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WEST LIBERTY, W.Va. -

West Liberty University students and parents are questioning one professor after she reportedly issued a syllabus that filtered student's research options.

Stephanie Wolfe's syllabus highlights which sources students should use in a political science course. Among those, students are asked not to use are The Onion, an openly fictitious parody of real-life news, and Fox News, a professional news organization.

WLU President Robin Capehart was on Fox News Thursday afternoon to give his stance on the situation.

"This is a case where we obviously have a concern because as much as we will protect the academic freedom of the professor, we'll also protect the academic freedom of our students to go out and find as many sources as possible," said Capehart. "So obviously we were concerned."

Wolfe is currently on a one-year contract at WLU as she is filling in for another faculty member who has taken a leave of absence. According to university officials, she has since changed her stance and allowed students to use all academic sources.