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Published January 30, 2013, 09:27 AM

NDSU students and faculty protest university's fund freeze

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Faculty, students, and staff are making it known: They're not okay with NDSU's decisions to freeze funds on a grant. The money would've been used to implement a sex-ed program with Planned Parenthood.

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Faculty, students, and staff are making it known: They're not okay with NDSU's decisions to freeze funds on a grant. The money would've been used to implement a sex-ed program with Planned Parenthood.

On NDSU's campus today, those connected with the university joined a fight for academic freedom -- marching through campus in protest holding signs about different ways of thinking and crunching through the snow, protestors marched to Old Main in a peaceful protest.

Dr. Bruce Maylath – NDSU Professor - English: "A university cannot be called a university unless it is a center for the freedom of thought and a center for the open exchange of ideas of all kinds."

People are raising concern about NDSU's decision to freeze funds on a $1.2 million grant from the U-S Department of Health. It's for implementing a program with Planned Parenthood targeting Fargo teens to prevent teen pregnancy and STIs. The university's lawyers say the grant could go against North Dakota law.

Emily Bartz – NDSU Student: "Someone looked at this, saw the name Planned Parenthood, and that raised a red flag for them."

Protestors pled for academic freedom and the ability to use any grant for any research.

Sean Sather-Wagstaff: "Conflict of ideas cannot occur unless there is an opportunity for a variety of viewpoints to be expressed. Powerful words from our own policy."

Pushing for funds to be unfrozen, protestors say women's equality is also on the line.

Emily Bartz: "This university isn't supporting its female faculty, I mean the faculty is supporting its female faculty.”

People at the rally plan on showing legislators just how important the issues is, inundating their inboxes with emails asking for the ability to use the grant.

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