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college drops disciplinary charges against conservative student
barbwire ^ | 19 April, 2018 | Toni Airaksinen

Posted on 04/23/2018 3:42:29 PM PDT by MarvinStinson

Siena College has dropped charges against a student who posted hundreds of flyers to raise awareness of the hostility conservatives face from professors.

Zachary Butler, a junior studying political science, told Campus Reform last week that he posted roughly 600 flyers depicting an email exchange in which a Siena College professor called conservative students “miserable” to work with.

As Campus Reform reported, Professor Jenn McErlean sent an email on March 20 announcing that she quit her school’s committee on civil discourse because the thought of working with conservative students was “making me miserable.”

Though Butler was not involved in the initial email exchange, he told Campus Reform that he was deeply dismayed by the school’s lack of reaction to it. To him, the email was symbolic of the overarching climate of hostility towards conservatives on campus, and he wanted to help fix it.

“So in order to keep the dialogue going, I took it upon myself—with the help of a friend—to post 600 co pies of that email all over campus,” Butler said, adding that all 600 flyers were posted overnight on March 22.

Though he was initially charged with violating the school flyering policy and negatively impacting the “health, welfare, and/or safety” of the school community, his April 10 meeting with the school conduct officer—a few days after Campus Reform’s initial story on the issue—revealed that both charges had been dropped.

Just a few days after the disciplinary meeting, Butler told Campus Reform that it was “ridiculous” that he was charged with negatively impacting the “health, welfare and/or safety” of the campus simply by posting flyers.

“It is mind boggling to me how my posting of the email was any more damaging to the name of the school and welfare of the community than the content of the email itself,” Butler said.

It is unclear why the school pressed that charge against him in the first place. Butler said he inquired about it during the disciplinary meeting, but didn’t receive a clear response.

Siena College also declined to answer any questions from Campus Reform about the charge, citing FERPA, a federal privacy law that protects the information of students over 18.

“My intentions were never to harm anyone. I simply wanted attention brought to a serious issue,” Butler explained. “If there is anything I learned from this experience it is that if you truly want to be heard, you have to be loud. Actions speak speak louder than words.”

Though he still wants the administration to formally address the comments made by Professor McErlean, Butler said that he’s happy to see that conversation about the issue has “really picked up” on campus,” adding that students have actually started having conversations in class and online about it.

“As I write this conservative students are being unfairly graded, stifled in the classroom, and discriminated against for their political views,” Butler claimed, adding that he’s since heard similar concerns not just from conservatives, but from students of other backgrounds, too.

“My eyes have been opened to concerns of students of all political and cultural backgrounds. Any concern of any student at this college deserves equal consideration and respect and I plan on bringing all of these to the attention of the administration,” he said of his future plans.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; US: New York
KEYWORDS: academia; albanycounty; campusreform; ferpa; jennmcerlean; loudonville; newyork; romancatholicism; sienacollege; zacharybutler

1 posted on 04/23/2018 3:42:29 PM PDT by MarvinStinson
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“...revealed that both charges had been dropped.”

And the REAL REASON they dropped the charges, of course, is because the Aluminum threatened to withhold their donations to the school.

...but they won’t admit that either.


2 posted on 04/23/2018 3:50:18 PM PDT by BobL (I shop at Walmart and eat at McDonald's...I just don't tell anyone)
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To: MarvinStinson
to post 600 co pies

What kind of pies, Marvin?

3 posted on 04/23/2018 3:51:44 PM PDT by humblegunner
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I love New Media and the freedom of the Internet...this professor is getting beat up on Rate My Professors.com
4 posted on 04/23/2018 3:52:53 PM PDT by DoodleBob
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Sad to see my alma mater has gone off the deep end. My professors in the 80’s were fairly conservative.

My most recent employer says they have the right to fire anyone who says anything on the Internet or elsewhere that they don't like. Of course, it's illegal. The Left dares us to take them to court or public, because it is costly to do so.

5 posted on 04/23/2018 3:58:18 PM PDT by Missouri gal
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Co pies. Canty ou read?


6 posted on 04/23/2018 3:58:29 PM PDT by eCSMaster (Democrats: the political party of the undeadD)
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To: MarvinStinson

They sure proved his point, didn’t they?


7 posted on 04/23/2018 4:08:32 PM PDT by Trillian
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“Siena College also declined to answer any questions from Campus Reform about the charge, citing FERPA, a federal privacy law that protects the information of students over 18.”

Here again, we have to deal with the “faceless pr!cks” who are “administrators” at this school. They hide under their desks at any time anyone pushes back on their Marxist utopian mantras.


8 posted on 04/23/2018 4:16:57 PM PDT by vette6387
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9 posted on 04/23/2018 4:28:42 PM PDT by Chode (You have all of the resources you are going to have. Abandon your illusions and plan accordingly.)
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"..... Siena College professor called conservative students “miserable” to work with....."

.... Mainly because "Conservatives" actually ask tough challenging Constitutional questions. Liberals know very little about the Constitution, vapidly and blissfully hanging around in Tribes of Emotional and Pop Politically dysfunctional groups .... Seeking the next thing to whine about ... And beg for more free stuff until they get it. And sadly they usually do ....

10 posted on 04/23/2018 4:48:16 PM PDT by R_Kangel ( "A Nation of Sheep ..... Will Beget ..... a Nation Ruled by Wolves.")
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God bless the student!


11 posted on 04/23/2018 5:22:21 PM PDT by Retvet (Retvete)
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Yes sir.


12 posted on 04/23/2018 5:23:21 PM PDT by MarvinStinson (<B>)
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>>>the Aluminum threatened to withhold their donations to the school<<<

Regular Aluminum or that Transparent Aluminum Scotty showed that guy how to make?


13 posted on 04/23/2018 5:49:30 PM PDT by Kickass Conservative ( An Armed Society is a Polite Society. An Unarmed Society is North Korea.)
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bump


14 posted on 04/23/2018 7:30:03 PM PDT by Albion Wilde (We're even doing the right thing for them. They just don't know it yet. --Donald Trump, CPAC '18)
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Cow pies??


15 posted on 04/23/2018 7:42:51 PM PDT by Moorings
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80’s huh? ;-)


16 posted on 04/23/2018 7:45:01 PM PDT by Moorings
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the Aluminum threatened to withhold their donations to the school

They foiled the charges.

17 posted on 04/24/2018 9:32:20 AM PDT by Albion Wilde (We're even doing the right thing for them. They just don't know it yet. --Donald Trump, CPAC '18)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; Bockscar; cardinal4; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...
Siena College has dropped charges against a student who posted hundreds of flyers to raise awareness of the hostility conservatives face from professors... As Campus Reform reported, Professor Jenn McErlean sent an email on March 20 announcing that she quit her school’s committee on civil discourse because the thought of working with conservative students was “making me miserable.” ...Though he was initially charged with violating the school flyering policy and negatively impacting the “health, welfare, and/or safety” of the school community, his April 10 meeting with the school conduct officer—a few days after Campus Reform’s initial story on the issue—revealed that both charges had been dropped... “It is mind boggling to me how my posting of the email was any more damaging to the name of the school and welfare of the community than the content of the email itself,” Butler said... Siena College also declined to answer any questions from Campus Reform about the charge, citing FERPA, a federal privacy law that protects the information of students over 18.
It's a disgrace that any college, including this Roman Catholic school, employs anyone that bigoted in the first place, and obviously she has a bunch of drones who agree with her, or the phony "charges" wouldn't have been made in the first place. Trial of the Star Chamber ping. Thanks MarvinStinson.

18 posted on 04/25/2018 6:42:43 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (www.tapatalk.com/groups/godsgravesglyphs/, forum.darwincentral.org, www.gopbriefingroom.com)
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In the late 70’s I had a history prof who started every class with a couple of jokes based on current political events in the news. He skewered everyone and the students loved it.


19 posted on 04/25/2018 7:02:30 AM PDT by Rebelbase (YETI deathwatch, tick, tick, tick......)
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