The Columbia College Student Council passed the resolution on Sunday night, insinuating CUCR encourages discrimination and harassment because they invited speakers like Tommy Robinson and Mike Cernovich to the campus.
Campus Reform reports Columbia student Braxton Gutner, leader of the school’s Black Students Organization, called for the defunding of the College Republicans.
Gutner pushed students to support a petition that demanded the university “deem CUCR ineligible to receive [funding],” and to “redistribute” their funds to “self-identified Muslim groups,” and “people of color focused groups.”
Instead of defunding the College Republicans, the student government filed a discrimination and harassment complaint with the Student Conduct Office, a move Ari Boosalis, the CUCR president, likened to being investigated for “thought-crime.”
“This is a direct attack on our existence,” Boosalis told Campus Reform. “They’re doing it because we think differently.”
According to Boosalis, the action taken by the student government “sets a precedent for students to silence other groups on campus.”
“They want to silence the speech of anyone who’s Christian, conservative, who believes in free market values,” Boosalis added.
Both the current state of the investigation and the potential punishment CUCR could face if found guilty remain unclear, however, the College Republicans still plan to host former lobbyist Jack Abramoff on November 14 and Adam Carolla and Dennis Prager on November 28.
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