Update: Gonzaga Plays With the Truth; Denies That Punishment for Using Word "Hate" Ever Occurred
December 4, 2003
Goodwin's reply inaccurately claimed that the CRs were merely given "direction" about how to compose fliers. Director of Student Activities David Lindsay told The Gonzaga Bulletin that he "took one [flier] down because our publicity policy says that we don't allow hate speech to be posted around campus." CR President Paul Schafer says that Lindsay told him that the CRs shouldn't "hate" anyone (an odd admonition considering that the text of the flier was the title of a book criticizing hate). Schafer says that Lindsay then compared the CRs' posting of the flier to the existence of a white club that hates black people. Further, when Gonzaga informed FIRE that it would remove the disciplinary letter from the file, the vice president of student life conceded that "it is not generally Gonzaga's practice to place letters in club and organization files for such matters." It is clear that Gonzaga administrators subjected Schafer and his group to far more than friendly, neutral "direction." FIRE is pleased that the disciplinary letter has been removed, but it wishes that Gonzaga administrators would simply admit their error.