Let's put this in perspective. Shall we?
A brief history is in order.
- When students shouted down a speaker at Pomona College, Marvin Stewart of the Minute Man Project, no one was punished. In fact, President Oxtoby sent out an email saying that we should talk about "free speech" on campus.
- When students disrupted lunches and dinners in all the different campuses by yelling across the dining halls against the passage of Proposition 8, no one was punished.
- When students, among whom some were Pomona students, stopped a CMC speaker from leaving the Athenaeum in an effort to execute a "citizen's arrest" on Karl Rove, no one was punished.
- When some Muslim students disrupted the question and answer period during Ayaan Hirsi Ali's talk, no one was punished.
- When some Pitzer students defaced property at CGU, they were given several hours of "community service."
- In 1993, when students protesting a lack of racial diversity on campus occupied Alexander Hall, the then-dean of students at Pomona College reportedly gave them hot chocolate and cookies while they "occupied" the building.
But when pro-life students ask a couple of hard-hitting questions of Selena Josel, a Planned Parenthood PR rep, they get banned from Pomona College.
Even though Page 129, Pomona College's handbook calls for a "written statement" to be sent to the respondent, no statement was delivered letting the boys know that there were charges outstanding against them. They were just flat out banned.
Page 127 says something far more damning. I quote,
"In determining whether an act constitutes discrimination or harassment, the context must be carefully reviewed and full consideration must be given for the protection of individual rights, freedom of speech, and academic freedom."
Did Dean Marcelle Holmes, who never contacted David or Kyle before she banned them, "carefully" review the "context"? Did she give "full consideration" for the "protection" of their "individual rights, freedom of speech, and academic freedom"? And might there be some conflict of interest in "investigating" a "grievance" from the Women's Union, when Dean Marcelle Holmes is the Dean of Women?
I've emailed Dean Holmes asking for a time to meet with her for an article we plan on running in The Claremont Independent. Let's see if she really wants to have a dialogue about free speech issues on campus.