DePaul denies Crowder says he doesnt align with mission

DePaul University rejected a request from its Young Americans for Freedom (YAF) chapter to host conservative commentator and comedian Steven Crowder on campus.

According to an email obtained by Campus Reform sent to Jorin Burkhart, chairman of DePaul’s YAF chapter, the group received word from Associate Vice President of Student Development Peggy Burke that the request had been denied because Crowder’s presence wouldn’t align “with Depaul’s education mission.”

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“The Speaker Review Board denied this speaker request due to their research on Mr. Crowder and came to the conclusion that he creates videos to purposely to rouse and provoke people by making fun of the opposing side,” she wrote. “They didn’t see how this aligns with DePaul’s educational mission.”

In response, Burkhart called the denial “ridiculous and pathetic,” noting the hypocrisy of his university that “boasts in its so-called open-mindedness.”

“It’s ridiculous and pathetic that DePaul, a place which boasts in its so-called open-mindedness, is afraid of someone as mainstream and harmless as Steven Crowder,” he told Campus Reform. “However, based on the administration’s pattern of making it difficult to impossible for conservative groups to hold successful events, I can’t say I’m surprised.”

DePaul’s student organizations website, notably, claims that the university “is committed to fostering an education community that welcomes free and open discourse.”

“We believe that speakers provide an opportunity for students to hear and discuss opposing viewpoints on a wide range of topics,” it adds. “As such, DePaul encourages student organizations to plan, promote, and engage in thoughtful, respectful, and challenging dialogue, including through guest speakers.”

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Crowder now joins the company of other commentators who have been denied a platform at the Catholic university, including Ben Shapiro and Gavin McInnes.

“We students pay an absurd amount of money to attend a ‘Catholic’ school that promised us a liberal arts education and a diversity of ideas,” Burkhart said. “We constantly receiv

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Clemson senators defeat ideological indoctrination proposal

Almost a year after a Clemson University administrator called for mandatory diversity training for student government members, some senators are still pushing for the measure to be instituted.

In April 2017, Altheia Richardson, the director of Clemson’s Gantt Multicultural Center, proposed that student government candidates be required to pass an “intercultural competency” test before being allowed to run for or hold office.

While that proposal was sharply criticized at the time, Clemson Undergraduate Student Government (CUSG) Senators Thomas Marshall and Stephen Moore revived the concept Monday with a proposed amendment to the Senate Handbook.

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“Each senator shall be responsible for attending diversity and inclusivity training created in collaboration with organizations such as the Gantt Multicultural Center and other relevant groups, at the beginning of the Senate term,” the amendment reads.

“This training will be focused on improving communication with underrepresented groups,” the amendment proclaims, listing “veterans, individuals with physical and mental accessibilities, racial and ethnic minorities, and the LGBTQIA+ community” as examples.

Among the trainings listed are Cross-Cultural Training and “Ally Training,” an LGBT-oriented workshop that includes topics such as “Asexual Pride,” “Genderfluid Pride,” “Bear Brotherhood,” “Leather Pride,” and “Lipstick Lesbian Pride.”

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As depicted in a livestream video of the proceedings, Senator Miller Hoffman asked Senators Marshall and Moore, “Would you consider making [the training] ‘highly recommended,’ instead of, like, an absolute requirement?”

“We thought about that, and that would be great to have it that way, but we’re afraid that it’s going to quickly turn into only the people that kinda already agree with uhh...” Moore opined, while Marshall interjected, “I think we kinda want to make it an educational opportunity as well.”

Ultimately, the amendment was defeated by a vote of 33 to 19, and some CUSG senators expressed their disappointment at the attempted legislative change, labelling

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Conservative group sues after admin unilaterally yanks status

A conservative student group is suing Lone Star College for revoking its official status after the group posted a video of an abortion debate it had sponsored.

According to a press release from the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), which is representing the CyFair chapter of the Young Conservatives of Texas (YCT), the lawsuit “challenges policies within the LSC System that give officials unrestricted authority to recognize and derecognize student organizations based on whether those officials approve of the viewpoints of the groups.”

In addition, the suit also targets mandatory student activity fees that are used to fund student organizations, noting that only “student groups that college officials prefer” enjoy access to those funds.

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The lawsuit asserts that the CyFair YCT had previously enjoyed recognition from the school after Vice President for Student Success Bennie Lambert agreed to serve as its advisor in the absence of other options, enabling YCT to hold an abortion debate on campus.

When the club posted video of the debate online, however, Lambert resigned as its advisor, saying the club had not obtained his permission to post the video, and that YCT’s mission was inconsistent with that of Lone Star College.

Lambert also enforced the school’s RSO [Registered Student Organization] and Student Activity Fee policies, and following his resignation he informed YCT that it would no longer be allowed to host events on campus because without an advisor it could no longer be a registered student organization.

“The requirement to obtain an advisor prior to granting a student group registration is a form of prior restraint, placing a heavy burden on the college to justify its denial of recognition,” the lawsuit contends.

“Conditioning the recognition of student organizations on first securing the agreement of a government official to act as an advisor to their organization,” it explains, allows that official “to decline to act as an advisor if the official disagrees with the viewpoint of the organization’s speech.”

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Moreover, the lawsuit points out that LSC requires all students to pay student activity fees each semester, and that excluding YCT from the funding derive

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Divestment handbook reveals anti-Israel groups strategies

A Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) guidebook was recently leaked, exposing the group’s plans to increase divestment activity on campus.

The “Divestment Handbook,” released by SJP Leaks, offers students tactics for starting a Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement, which is considered to be anti-Semitic by the Anti-Defamation League.

According to the handbook, one of BDS’s three main goals is securing a “right of return” for Palestinian refugees, a group now numbering 5 million from an original 750,000, since refugees pass their status on to their descendants.

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Additionally, the guidebook advocates granting Arab-Palestinian residents of Israel “full equality,” and “ending the occupation and colonization of all Arab lands” as other goals of the movement, offering students 52 pages of material on how to achieve those ends.   

However, the guide first warns students about the importance of intersectionality, asking them to consider if there are “more white students than students of color” in their SJP organizations.

“Race is always present in grassroots organizing,” the guide cautions. “Are there more white students than students of color in your organization? Are the opinions of pro-divestment Jewish students valued over those of Palestinians? Are you tokenizing the struggles of Black, Native, or Latino students, instead of carefully engaging with them?”

“Women and non-binary folks do the busy and behind-the-scenes work while men become the face of the campaign,” the handbook continues, stressing the importance of creating an “intersectional student movement.”

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Susan Tuchman, director of the Zionist Organization of America’s (ZOA) Center for Law and Justice, told Campus Reform that “the handbook is a very clever, thoughtful, and detailed roadmap for organizing and carrying out an anti-Israel divestment campaign on campus,” calling it a “shrewd and potentially appealing way of manipulating students.”

“It’s shrewd because it doesn’t yell and scream about how horrible Israel is. Instead, the handbook very subtly sends the message that Israel is an oppressive occupi

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Scholars denounce victim-centered approach to sexual assault

More than 130 professors and legal experts are calling on lawmakers and university administrators to end the use of “victim-centered” investigative practices.

The scholars voiced their concerns in a seven-page “Open Letter” last week, blasting the common reliance on “guilt-presuming methods” such as “‘victim-centered’ investigations, ‘trauma-informed’ theories, and the admonition to always ‘believe the victim.’”

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“On college campuses, ‘believe the victim’ ideology is evidenced by the widespread use of ‘victim-centered’ investigations,” the letter states. “According to a Human Rights Watch report, a ‘victim-centered’ approach means the investigator assumes ‘all sexual assault cases are valid unless established otherwise by investigative findings.’”

The letter notes that the utilization of victim-centered investigations on college campuses “has given rise to numerous lawsuits by accused students alleging incomplete or faulty collection of evidence” and that the practice as a whole “has been roundly criticized.”

The document also analyzes concepts such as “trauma-informed theories” that are said to “represent an attempt to impute a veneer of scientific respectability to the broader ‘believe the victim’ movement.”

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“In sum, under the umbrella of ‘trauma-informed’ theories, victims’ advocates not only recommend disregarding complainants’ inconsistencies or behavioral anomalies; they also insist such inconsistencies should be viewed as probative evidence of trauma,” the missive claims.

“Illogically, this interpretation precludes any consideration of a complainant’s incongruous statements or inconsistent behavior as evidence,” it elaborates, saying that this results “in an irrefutable argument that the victim’s fragmented or lost memories are certain evidence of trauma, with the implication that therefore the allegations are true.”

The Open Letter was published online by a criminal justice watchdog known as Stop Abusive and Violent Environments (SAVE)

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