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University Blocks Conservative Student on Twitter After Dispute over Free Speech

Campus Reform
Written by Campus Reform

Regis University blocked one of its students from viewing its Twitter account following a dispute with administrators over free speech on campus.
Alexander Beck was prevented from holding a “Social Justice Bake Sale” with his YAL group, after which an administrator held a meeting for students to complain about how the event “made them feel unsafe.”
When Beck complained about the meeting, which one attendee told him was very “hostile” toward him, school officials scoffed and told him how “offensive” and “racist” the bake sale was.

Regis University blocked one of its students from viewing its Twitter account following a dispute with administrators over free speech on campus.

“I had [attempted] to mention Regis University in a tweet to a Catholic Priest from Canada who was showing some support,” Alexander Beck told Campus Reform. “[I] was unable to mention them, [and] after going to their page, I saw that I was blocked.”

Beck, the president of the school’s Young Americans for Liberty chapter, was holding a “Social Justice Bake Sale” earlier this month as a counter to “Social Justice Week” programming when he was approached by Dean of Students Diane McSheehy, who claimed that the event was a “demonstration” that had not received approval.

[RELATED:Regis stops students from ‘protesting’ Social Justice Week]

Following the incident, Beck told Campus Reform that he was contacted by Dr. Nicki Gonzalez, the head of the Diversity Program at Regis as well as Beck’s advisor, who asked to meet with him to hear his perspective on the situation.

Beck agreed to the meeting, during which he confronted Gonzalez about a meeting she had organized without his knowledge with all of the students and faculty members who had complained that the bake sale “made them feel unsafe.”

An audio recording provided to Campus Reform begins with Beck telling Gonzales that he had learned about the meeting from an attendee, who described the atmosphere as “very hostile” toward Beck, but requested anonymity after being shouted down for defending Beck’s right to know about a meeting at which he was the sole subject of discu…

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