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Society Of Professional Journalists Scolds James Madison University

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Two university students are facing trespassing and disorderly conduct charges after they entered a campus dormitory to interview students for a news story.

The Virginia chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists is calling on James Madison University to drop the charges against 21-year-old Tim Chapman and 19-year-old Katie Hibson. It says officials acted "beyond reason."

Hibson is a reporter for The Breeze, the twice-weekly campus newspaper, and Chapman is its editor in chief. The university's Office of Judicial Affairs issued the charges after a resident adviser and the Hillside Hall director told the reporters to leave as they interviewed residents about a "peeping Tom" incident. University spokesman Don Egle did not immediately return a telephone message seeking comment.

Meymo Lyons reports...

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