In 2009, the Globe reported that a student at Stonehill College in Easton collected hundreds of free condoms from two family-planning agencies. She and approximately 20 classmates placed the boxes of condoms in student dormitories.
When college officials learned of the students’ actions, they confiscated the boxes because of the school’s ban against distributing birth control.
“We’re a private Catholic college,” Stonehill spokesman Martin McGovern told the Globe shortly after the incident. “We make no secret of our religious affiliation, and our belief system is fairly straightforward. We don’t expect everyone on campus to agree with our beliefs, but we would ask people, and students in particular, to respect them.”
In 2009, students at BC passed a referendum urging the college to offer affordable testing for sexually transmitted infections and access to contraception.
At the time, a college spokesman told a Catholic publication that the referendum was nonbinding and the school would not change its policies.
Jekanowski said she sees the distribution of contraceptives and information to be in accordance with the Jesuit mission.
“We see it as very intrinsic of being a Jesuit that we provide these resources and we affirm the whole person,” she said. “Students shouldn’t have to choose between holistic health care and a world class institution.”
Katherine Landergan can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.