Brown Shirt Administration @ Censorship U. Threatens Students

NEW THREATS AND INTIMIDATION BY CARLETON UNIVERSITY ADMINISTRATION

Pro-Life Students Threatened With Disciplinary Action and Arrest

OTTAWA.  On October 27, Carleton Administration threatened pro-life students with charges of non-academic misconduct when they stood with hand-held signs of aborted fetuses on their campus. See video here: http://www.carletonlifeline.wordpress.com

 The University subsequently sent the students’ club, Carleton Lifeline, correspondence threatening them with arrest and disciplinary action.  They said these could be consequences if the students did not comply with a strict set of rules which only applied to them; these provisions surround a designated zone created for Lifeline where few students travel in the winter, where they are not able to offer pamphlets or initiate conversations with students, and not being permitted to move if protestors block the signs.

 “This act of ‘compromise’ on the part of the University is nothing more than an intimidation tactic limiting our expression on campus,” said club president Ruth Lobo, a Human Rights Major.  “The definition of discrimination is differential treatment and that is what Lifeline is receiving.”

 The university is no stranger to graphic images.  In the past month, Holocaust imagery was displayed as part of an Awareness Campaign. Further, Animal Rights activists have also been seen on campus multiple times erecting large, graphic displays in the busiest parts of campus showing slaughtered animals with slogans such as “SHAME ON YOU.” Neither of these events were surrounded by warning signs or held in ‘restricted’ areas.

 These campaigns did not result in non-academic misconduct threats or arrest-threats like the anti-abortion signs did.  Arrest threats turned into actual arrests on October 4 when those same Carleton students were arrested for attempting to display the Genocide Awareness Project (GAP) in the quad of the University. While GAP is a stationary exhibit consisting of 4×8-foot signs comparing abortion to the Holocaust, the most recent activity of Carleton Lifeline didn’t require a space booking and involved hand-held signs showing aborted fetuses with the word “Choice?”

 James Shaw, Vice-President of Lifeline, questioned the University’s conduct asking, “Are students now being required to book standing space on campus? The University is taking a ‘Big Brother’ approach in their relationship with Lifeline. Frankly, we find this behavior more akin to 1984 than to the 2010.”

The following timeline summarizes the club’s 2-month-long controversy:

Oct. 4: Four Carleton students arrested for attempting to display the Genocide Awareness Project

Oct. 27: Carleton Lifeline begins a hand-held, mobile activity called “Choice” Chain.View video: http://www.carletonlifeline.wordpress.com

Nov. 11: Carleton Lifeline receives official notice of revoked club status from the Student Association (CUSA)

Nov. 12: Carleton Lifeline has a closed meeting with Carleton Administration

Nov. 15: Carleton Lifeline Legal Counsel responds to Student Association

Nov. 18: Carleton Lifeline receives official “Exhibit Zone” Proposal and threatening letter from Carleton Administration

Nov. 19: Carleton Lifeline pursues internal appeal processes with Student Association as well as a judicial review.

Nov. 29: Carleton Lifeline told by Student Association that Legal Counsel cannot represent them at internal appeal meeting.

Nov. 29: Carleton Lifeline Legal Counsel responds to threatening letter from Carleton Administration

For further information, contact Carleton Lifeline at (613) 600-4791, or Carleton Lifeline’s Legal Counsel, Albertos Polizogopoulos at (613) 241-2701. 


See http://www.carletonlifeline.wordpress.com for all relevant correspondence.

One thought on “Brown Shirt Administration @ Censorship U. Threatens Students

  1. Here is my belief on what is happening at Carleton University.

    Hypocrisy and Discrimination at Carleton University
    By Stephen J. Gray

    “Tolerance and respect are based on knowledge. Fear and distrust stem from ignorance.”
    Roseann O’Reilly Runte president of Carleton University [1]

    The words above from the president of Carleton University are surely very nice. But the arrest of pro-life Carleton Students at the behest of the university for daring to exercise their right to free speech and free expression surely makes a mockery of the words “tolerance” and “respect.” I believe the words hypocrisy and discrimination are more apt and should apply to what has happened at Carleton University….
    read full article at link below:
    http://graysinfo.blogspot.com/2010/11/hypocrisy-and-discrimination-at.html

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