Boston.com is reporting that Boston College is threatening disciplinary action against a group of students who are distributing condoms on campus. The student-run “SafeSites” group is distributing condoms out of their dorm rooms.
The student-run "Safe Sites" is sponsored by the Boston College Students for Sexual Health, a group not recognized by the College. Their website lists 18 on-campus dorm rooms, as well as three off-campus locations, including Planned Parenthood, where students can obtain free male and female condoms, contraceptives, and more.
In addition, the group has sponsored Sex Toy Bingo and their Her Campus blog offers students tips for improving their sex lives, including watching pornography.
The College has notified the students that their actions conflict with the institution’s “responsibility to protect the values and traditions of Boston College as a Jesuit, Catholic institution.” A letter was sent and signed by Paul J. Chebator and George Arey, who serve as Dean of Students and director of residence life. The letter threatens disciplinary measures against the students.
“As a Jesuit, Catholic University, there are certain Catholic commitments that Boston College is called to uphold,” said Jack Dunn, Boston College spokesman via an email statement. “We ask our students to respect these commitments, particularly as they pertain to Catholic social teaching on the sanctity of life. We recognize that, as a reflection of society at large, many students do not agree with the Church’s position on these issues. However, we ask those who do not agree to be respectful of our position, and circumspect in their private affairs.”
Senior Lizzie Jekanowski, who is chairwoman of BC Students for Sexual Health, has vowed that the group will continue distributing condoms.
The Boston Globe is reporting that ACLU of Massachusetts' staff attorney, Sarah Wunsch, is threatening a lawsuit against the College for violating student's rights.
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