We understand that public statements made by the Columbia University College Republicans have called two stories ("CUCR board denies group planned for Ahmadinejad invite, does not deny individual members' roles," Feb. 28, and "CUCR members plan to invite Ahmadinejad to campus," Feb. 27) into question.
Both stories were reported based on documents supplied and verified by current top leadership of CUCR. Before we included the information from those documents in our story, group leadership said that the documents were authentic. CUCR leadership's intentions behind supplying and verifying the documents to us are now unclear.
We apologize if individual members of CUCR felt unfairly implicated in the stories. We have continued to report that the CUCR board and organization have publicly denied any involvement, and as CUCR's current leaders continue to make public statements contradicting the information they gave to Spectator, we are reassessing the statements that CUCR’s current leaders have made to Spectator.