Leftist protesters stymied by med school exams
- The University of Rochester cancelled a Title IX seminar last week out of fear that a protest planned by liberal students would disrupt medical exams taking place in nearby classrooms.
- The protesters, who showed up carrying noisemakers and had boasted of their intent to disrupt the event, expressed frustration that administrators did not believe their promises to remain quiet.
The University of Rochester cancelled a Title IX seminar last week out of fear that a protest planned by liberal students would disrupt medical exams taking place in nearby classrooms.
The protest was sponsored by the socialist group Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) and The Meliora Movement, both of which want Title IX Coordinator Morgan Levy removed because they believe she isn’t doing enough to make “people on this campus to feel safe and to come forward with their sexual assault complaints.”
The protesters arrived thirty minutes early and were told they would be removed by Public Safety and possibly sanctioned if they disrupted the event, according to Campus Times.
The protesters promised to remain quiet during the presentation, but arrived carrying noisemakers.
More worryingly for administrators, posts on the Facebook page for the protest encouraged attendees to “turn the fuck up,” “RAGE!” and “make it difficult for her [Morgan Levy] to present.” Under the details section of the event page, it even says, “Get ready to disrupt her talk with chants.”
“I think we were hoping that it wouldn’t be a problem, but when you arrived with noise makers that made me concerned,” said Sharon McCullough, Director of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs.
Public Safety then escorted the protesters out to the Medical Center.
Levy offered to meet in person with Ariel Adan, one of the vocal protesters, but Aden said she is not interested in meeting with Morgan Levy.
In a Facebook post on the event page, the protesters encouraged their allies to email McCollough and send her “love letters” and included McCullough's email in the post. One student clarified that it was the entire GEPA office, not just the person in question who decided.
Campus Reform reached out to McCullough to ask whether she has received any threats or suspicious emails but did not receive a response in time for publication.
Campus Reform also reached out to Levy for comment but did not receive a response in time for publication.
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