PROVIDENCE, R.I., JULY 18 -- Amy Carter, the daughter of former president Jimmy Carter, who has gained widespread attention for anti-CIA activism, has been dismissed from Brown University for academic reasons, it was reported today.
The Providence Journal-Bulletin quoted "reliable sources" as saying Carter, 19, who finished her sophomore year in May, has been told to leave for failing to keep up with her course work.
A university spokesman declined to comment on Carter's status, citing the school's privacy regulations. Neither Carter nor her parents could be reached for comment.
Carter gained attention in April when she and longtime political activist Abbie Hoffman were among a group acquitted of charges stemming from an anti-CIA protest last fall at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
As a freshman at Brown, Carter was arrested for refusing to leave IBM's Providence offices where she was protesting the firm having investments linked to South Africa.
As a high school senior, she was arrested in front of the South African Embassy in Washington, D.C., during an anti-apartheid protest.
Brown University spokesman Robert Reichley said students who leave the school for academic reasons are generally allowed to apply for readmission after one year. But Reichley declined to comment on Carter's case.
"We just don't comment on the status of our students for reasons of privacy," he said.
A receptionist at the Carter Center in Atlanta said any questions concerning Carter should be sent in writing.
Alison Buckser, a classmate and friend of Carter, said she felt that if Carter were asked to leave, it was probably for her attention to political causes.
"She's very perceptive," Buckser said. "I've taken three or four classes with her and I find it very difficult to believe that she would be dismissed for academic reasons."
In a Journal interview published May 31, Carter said she was skipping an anti-CIA demonstration in Langley, Va., so she could study for her final exams. She listed her courses as Native American literature, feminist frameworks, plant biology and linguistics.