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Boston College threatens to discipline students for giving out condoms

By Stephen C. Webster
Wednesday, March 27, 2013 10:01 EDT
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Boston College administrators are threatening to bring disciplinary action against a group called BC Students for Sexual Health over their insistence upon giving away free condoms and sexual health information, saying the practice violates the school’s Catholic values.

Students received a letter on March 15 from the college’s dean of students and director of residence life ordering them to stop their so-called “safe sites” program run where male and female condoms are distributed for free, according to The Boston Globe.

The letter explained that while the administration realizes the students “may not be intentionally violating university policy, we do need to advise you that should we ­receive any reports that you are, in fact, distributing condoms on campus, the matter would be referred to the student conduct office for disciplinary action by the university.”

American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) attorney Sarah Wunsch told CBS Boston that the threat opens a potential avenue for legal action against the school, warning that the administration should “think about the state’s civil rights act and its applicability to private parties” before “threatening students with disciplinary action.”

BC Students for Sexual Health says it was organized by a 2009 vote of the student body and has been operating on campus ever since.

This video is from WHDH-TV, aired Wednesday, March 27, 2013.

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Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster is the senior editor of Raw Story, and is based out of Austin, Texas. He previously worked as the associate editor of The Lone Star Iconoclast in Crawford, Texas, where he covered state politics and the peace movement’s resurgence at the start of the Iraq war. Webster has also contributed to publications such as True/Slant, Austin Monthly, The Dallas Business Journal, The Dallas Morning News, Fort Worth Weekly, The News Connection and others. Follow him on Twitter at @StephenCWebster.
 
 
 
 
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