BC students face disciplinary action for distributing condoms
Boston College officials threatened a group of students distributing condoms out of the dorm rooms with disciplinary action in March, saying the act violate the university’s mission as a Catholic and Jesuit institution.
The students who run “Safe Sites,” a network of dorm rooms and other locations where contraceptives and safe sex pamplets are available, with action in a letter sent out on March 15.
“We were very disappointed that the signatories of the letter never contacted us beforehand,” Lizzie Jekanowski, chair of the Boston College Students for Sexual Health, told Your Campus. “We’ve had a very open relationship and it’s been very positive. This letter was very warmongering and threatening.”
The conflict gained national attention and was written about in The New York Times, CNN, and other national news organizations. The American Civil Liberties Union vowed legal action against BC, saying the university violated the students’ free speech. The Boston College chapter of the American Association of University Professors issued a statement supporting the students.
Pictured: Jessika Parry (right,) a Boston College sophmore, headed BC Students for Sexual Health. She was photographed with Erika Bjerklie, another BC sophmore, who is also on the board of the group in Parry's dorm room, which is a "safe site".