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posted Friday, September 10, 2010 - Volume 38 Issue 37
Duke University Republicans lose funding and charter after harassing Gay member
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Duke University Republicans lose funding and charter after harassing Gay member

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Duke University's Student Senate voted 20-3 to deprive its College Republican Club of its school funding. It also voted to deprive the Republicans of their school charter by a two-thirds majority.

At a meeting held on September 8, the senate was presented with evidence that Duke College Republicans had harassed and threatened their former club chairman, Justin Robinette, and his supporters.

Robinette said he believed he was targeted when his Republican colleagues discovered he is Gay.

According to the Duke Daily Tarheel, evidence presented to the senate included "discriminatory e-mails and anonymous threatening messages."

"I really do feel like it's a victory for us and the Duke student body and whoever cares about harassment," Robinette said.

"It has been such a long journey to get here, but I am glad to feel supported. The Duke Community has shown in this action that it does not tolerate homophobic conduct."

Robinette was impeached and removed as chairman by the College Republican Board in April.

He says it was because of his sexual orientation.

"Comments were made directly to me and my executive board before and after the meeting concerning my sexual orientation, calling me a supporter of the 'faggot center,' calling me ironic, calling me disgusting," Robinette told the Daily Tarheel.

The board claimed he neglected his duties and misused the organization's funds.

The Daily Tarheel reported that "Carter Boyle, the new chairman of the chapter, said Robinette disrespected members of the board, deliberately ignored members of UNC's College Republicans, did not attend events, and used the organization's funds for personal use."

An observer at the impeachment meeting, former College Republican Vice-Chair Cliff Satell, said he was appalled by the unfair way in which the process was carried out.

"There was no debate, no opportunity for rebuttal," Satell said. "It was clear backroom deal-making had been done."

"If he wasn't Gay, he would still be chairman," Satell said.

The campus blog Duke.Fact.Checker called for the Duke administration, which Robinette accused of negligence in this case, to speak out on his behalf: "The depth of the bigotry Justin endured, the repetition of it, the slurs, the innuendo, the unwanted sexual e-mails - not to mention anonymous death threats - are not just an issue for students to resolve. But rather, the homophobia - as well as other discrimination by Boyle and his ilk - cry out for a response from our administration as well."

Robinette and eight other plaintiffs were denied a hearing against the College Republicans by the student judiciary last month on allegations of harassment and discrimination.

The judiciary ruled that those allegations fell outside of their jurisdiction.

If the university's Student Organizational Finance Committee approves the student senate's decision by a majority vote, the ruling will stand for the next two years.

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