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[DePaul] University Punishes Pro-Life Student Instead of Vandals Who Destroy His Display
Townhall ^ | FEBRUARY 28, 2013 | Todd Starnes

Posted on 02/28/2013 5:30:21 PM PST by rhema

The head of a conservative student organization at DePaul University has been sanctioned by the university and could be expelled after he released the names of vandals who destroyed a pro-life flag display.

Kristopher Del Campo, the chairman of the Young Americans for Freedom chapter, was found guilty by the university on two counts – “Disorderly, Violent, Intimidating or Dangerous Behavior to Self or Others” and “Judicial Process Compliance.”

DePaul University did not return calls seeking comment.

Last January Del Campo and other pro-life students received permission from the university to erect a pro-life display featuring 500 flags. Vandals later destroyed the display – stuffing a number of the flags into trash cans.

The university’s public safety department launched an investigation and eventually identified 13 students who confessed to the crime. Those names were then released by the university to Del Campo.

On Feb. 5 the national Young Americans for Freedom organization posted the names of the vandals on their website. The posting generated negative comments directed at the vandals – and the university held Del Campo responsible.

Three days later, Del Campo was informed that he had violated DePaul’s Code of Student Responsibility. He was formally charged ten days later.

“Instead of supporting a student whose free speech rights were violated, DePaul University bullied Kristopher Del Campo for daring to expose the 13 vandals,” said Young America’s Foundation President Ron Robinson. “They put him through a Soviet-style show trial.”

Free speech and conservative groups said they are shocked that the university is punishing the victim of a crime.

“Simply publishing the names of the students who confessed to vandalizing YAF’s display does not place them at ‘substantial risk of physical harm,” wrote Pete Bonilla, of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education in a letter to the university’s president.

“The 13 DePaul students named in the public safety report admitted not only to vandalizing YAF’s display but also planning to do so,” he wrote. “Students who purposefully vandalize the works of other students should not expect to be shielded from the public consequences of their actions.”

According to an email obtained by Fox News, the dean of students warned Del Campo that he could ultimately be removed from the university.

“It is unfortunate that this incident is part of your educational career,” wrote Dean of Students Art Munin. “Any further infractions of the Code of Student Responsibility during your probationary period may result in additional disciplinary action including removal from the university.”

Del Campo, a 23-year-old psychology major, is about to graduate. He agreed to speak to me knowing that he could face expulsion.

“I lost my dignity as a person,” he said. “They told me I couldn’t say anything and I had to keep all of this confidential.”

Del Campo said he is speaking out because he doesn’t want other conservatives to suffer through the ordeal he’s been subjected to.

“The dean told me not to fight,” he said. “He told me it wasn’t worth it – that I just have 13 weeks left at the university. But I’m going to fight this. This is wrong. This university has a problem with free speech rights and this time they met a challenger who is not backing down.” Kate Edwards, of YAF, said they are demanding that DePaul University drop all charges against Del Campo.

“His free speech rights were completely violated,” she told me. “They intimidated him. They threatened him. They placed a gag order on him.”

Edwards said the university even forbade Del Campo from contacting YAF and was not allowed to have any counsel during his tribunal.

“He couldn’t get a lawyer – he was completely intimidated,” Edwards said.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; US: Illinois
KEYWORDS: abortion; catholic; delcampo; depaul; prolife

1 posted on 02/28/2013 5:30:30 PM PST by rhema
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To: rhema

I was once active in YAF. I’m glad that it’s still alive and kicking.


2 posted on 02/28/2013 5:37:12 PM PST by Fiji Hill
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To: rhema; xzins; wagglebee
De Paul University CLAIMS to be a Catholic University. Yet they punish pro-lifers and reward pro-abortion vandals.

Another CINO University.

3 posted on 02/28/2013 5:37:18 PM PST by P-Marlowe (There can be no Victory without a fight and no battle without wounds.)
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To: rhema

Of course they like to punish victims. It’s what the left does. It is also OK to give rape victims the death penalty (abortions). They punish victims of other crimes by insisting that the perpetrators don’t really deserve to be in prison.


4 posted on 02/28/2013 5:38:50 PM PST by pennyfarmer (Your socialist beat our liberal AGAIN.)
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To: rhema

This kid should blacken the college’s name as much as possible. Call in the biggest pro-life groups to sue the school for all they have. It’s time we started trying to shut these cesspools down.


5 posted on 02/28/2013 5:42:54 PM PST by Viennacon
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To: pennyfarmer

not surprised anymore


6 posted on 02/28/2013 5:43:20 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: rhema

Wow!

No wonder colleges and universities are pumping out people conditioned to be useless sheep!

And students pay vast sums of money to learn about graft, corruption and the correct way of covering up crimes!


7 posted on 02/28/2013 5:52:16 PM PST by sarasmom (The obvious takes longer to discover for the obtuse.)
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To: rhema

Note to conservative students. Never and I mean NEVER show up to a disiplinary hearing without a lawyer.


8 posted on 02/28/2013 6:00:19 PM PST by RightOnTheBorder
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To: rhema

The end is near.


9 posted on 02/28/2013 6:00:28 PM PST by Dogbert41
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To: rhema

Sounds like getting raped in Pakistan.


10 posted on 02/28/2013 6:05:02 PM PST by PALIN SMITH (In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Thanks rhema.


11 posted on 02/28/2013 6:29:07 PM PST by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: Viennacon

Call in the biggest pro-life groups to sue the school for all they have.
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The dean needs an education...


12 posted on 02/28/2013 6:32:32 PM PST by Neidermeyer (I used to be disgusted , now I try to be amused.)
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To: P-Marlowe

Del Campo should appeal to the local diocesan bishop and the Vatican.


13 posted on 02/28/2013 7:16:50 PM PST by The_Reader_David (And when they behead your own people in the wars which are to come, then you will know...)
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To: rhema
Last January Del Campo and other pro-life students received permission from the university to erect a pro-life display featuring 500 flags. Vandals later destroyed the display – stuffing a number of the flags into trash cans.

Liberal tolerance, ya'll.

I'm actually surprised they even bothered to find out the idenity of the vandals. What was wrong with him releasing their names? What was the initial punishment that the vandals got?

14 posted on 02/28/2013 7:30:48 PM PST by Pinkbell
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To: rhema

Another Land’O Lakes fatality.

If they can’t grant freedom of thought and speech to students on campus. They shouldn’t have any right to academic freedom from the teaching of the Church.


15 posted on 02/28/2013 7:38:48 PM PST by Bayard
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To: Fiji Hill

I don’t know. If he broke a rule then that is that.


16 posted on 02/28/2013 9:41:58 PM PST by LifeComesFirst (http://rw-rebirth.blogspot.com/)
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To: LifeComesFirst; Fiji Hill
LifeComesFirst:

WHAT????????

I was a YAF state chairman forty years ago. "If he broke a rule then that is that"????????????

I am also a Catholic. The presiding bishop of the archdiocese where DePaul is located is Francis Cardinal George of Chicago. If Catholics or others write to him respectfully (which HE, unlike DePaul deserves) asking justice and complete exoneration for the student and severe ecclesiastical punishment of the university under John Paul II's document (Ex Corde Ecclesiae) as to higher education institutions CLAIMING to be Catholic while behaving as heathen enemies of the Faith and, individual punishment of the university officials, Cardinal George may well investigate and act.

Supporting Young Americans for Freedom and its senior associate group, Young America's Foundation, are also good ideas especially if in accompanying correspondence, you make reference to this matter of DePaul as your reason.

Another group to support is the Cardinal Newman Society (not the mushy Newman Clubs) also started by YAF members of my generation which has opposed appearances at "Catholic" colleges by the likes of Victoria (widow of Ted) Kennedy, Kathleen Sebelius, Obozo himself, and other gung-ho pro-abortion heretics and/or enemies of the Faith.

When DePaul, which CLAIMS to be Catholic, begins to prove that it acts as a genuinely Catholic university, then and only then, should anyone consider respecting its "rules" or its leaders.

BTW, it was not the university's "rules" that were violated but the usual standards of political correctness not embodied in objective rules but understood by the heathens running the institution according to the "feelings" of its "leaders."

Let tumbleweed be all that is ever seen in the observable areas of this hellhole excuse for a Catholic university. Let the buildings fall from neglect. Let its corpse rot. Part of BEING a Catholic university is refusing to be intimidated by loudmouthed feminazis and their supporters.

Any "Catholic" university: DePaul, Georgetown, Notre Shame, Boston College, etc., etc., etc., that cannot be bothered to defend innocent unborn babies or which actually supports those barbarians who support the dismemberment and death of those babies, does not deserve to exist.

17 posted on 03/01/2013 1:00:35 AM PST by BlackElk (Dean of Discipline, Tomas de Torquemada Gentlemen's Society: Rack 'em, Danno)
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To: Bayard

Academic freedom is a farcical concept. People don’t start universities so that other people can teach anything they want, and there are teachings unsuitable for a university setting such as those that undermine the larger society or run contrary to the institution’s purpose. On the other hand, freedom without the adjective “academic” remains freedom, and for the most part people may still go about expressing what they believe to be true. What’s different about academic institutions is the institutions. At a respectable institution, no mere mortal is the god of the institution.


18 posted on 03/01/2013 2:51:48 AM PST by Mmmike
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To: BlackElk
Another group to support is the Cardinal Newman Society (not the mushy Newman Clubs) also started by YAF members of my generation which has opposed appearances at "Catholic" colleges by the likes of Victoria (widow of Ted) Kennedy, Kathleen Sebelius, Obozo himself, and other gung-ho pro-abortion heretics and/or enemies of the Faith.

I'm glad to hear about this group. John Newman, who, among many other things, wrote The Idea of a University Defined and Illustrated (1852) and the hymn Lead, Kindly Light, deserves better than the mushy Newman clubs.

19 posted on 03/01/2013 6:14:17 AM PST by Fiji Hill
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To: rhema

I would much rather my child be an excellent welder than to be attending such a ‘university’ of higher learning.


20 posted on 03/01/2013 10:21:10 AM PST by ridesthemiles
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To: Fiji Hill
Here's another shame. I belong to the Knights of Columbus. Many years ago, some miscreant convinced the Supreme Council of the Knights of Columbus to put substantial pressure on local K of C Councils to support the mushy Newman Clubs with real money. Supreme Council even tells us at the local council level how much our individual councils are expected to squander on the squishy Newman Clubs for their stock in trade of all purpose Kumbaya, hand holding, social gospel nonsense, and wide-ranging political correctness.

At the small secular college from which I obtained my undergraduate degree, the "Catholic" chaplain (who has subsequently left the priesthood) had a standard one size fits all answer for anyone inquiring about becoming Catholic: If some aspect of Catholicism "bothers" you, just ignore it and believe as you please. Divinity of Christ??? Ditto. Marian beliefs and dogmas??? Ditto. Presence of Christ in the Eucharist? Necessity of the Sacrament of Penance? Commandments of the Church? Ditto, ditto, ditto!!! Father Feel Good is an example of all too many squishy Newman Club operations. Fortunately, I had the advantage of a Jesuit prep school education so long ago that the Jebbies were still Catholic (and were known as God's Marines) and was not likely to be influenced by Father Feel Good.

It was also John Henry Cardinal Newman who wrote a very fine essay on the Definition of a Gentleman: "It is almost the definition of a gentleman to say that he is one who never consciously seeks to offend...." Of course, John Henry Cardinal Newman had some legendary dustups with anti-Catholic polemicists in the United Kingdom which prove that to never seek consciously to offend does NOT mean to roll over and play dead when attacked.

IIRC, the head of the good group, the Cardinal Newman Society, is Patrick Reilly who was a contemporary of yours and mine in YAF. Another of our contemporaries is Alan Gottlieb of the Second Amendment Foundation. He graduated Vanderbilt with a degree in nuclear physics (again IIRC) but went straight to work on 2nd Amendment Rights for the Second Amendment Foundation. It is he and that group who have obtained a judgment of the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago ordering the Illinois state government to enact a concealed carry weapons law by June 11, 2013 or have all restrictions by state law against concealed carry struck down. Illinois is the very last state without concealed carry.

Good hearing from you (always!). God bless you and yours!

21 posted on 03/01/2013 3:13:03 PM PST by BlackElk (Dean of Discipline, Tomas de Torquemada Gentlemen's Society: Rack 'em, Danno)
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