CSUSM email calls pro-life display 'disturbing and offensive'
California State University, San Marcos sent out a trigger warning to all students and faculty, advising them that there will be an anti-abortion display on campus next week.
“The university has been made aware that on Sep. 12 & 13 the Center for Bio-Ethical Reform (CBR) will be conducting a presentation which is called Genocide Awareness Project on our campus,” the school announced in an email obtained by Campus Reform. “The content of the exhibit can be viewed at the CBR website. This presentation is a graphic anti-abortion display.”
"Members of our campus community may find this [pro-life display] disturbing and offensive."
The email goes on to stipulate that the “presentation is not a university sponsored presentation,” warning students that while the content of the display could be “disturbing and offensive,” such speech “on campus is protected under the First Amendment.”
“At Cal State San Marcos we have established policies and regulations aimed at preserving the learning environment, and to ensure that individuals and groups exercising their legitimate rights do not infringe upon the rights of others or disrupt the education process or other operations of the university,” it continues.
Finally, the email concludes with a notice that the school will be offering counseling services to any distressed students who “may need assistance” after witnessing the pro-life images.
“Our Student Health and Counseling Services will staff two resource tables in the plaza area from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on both Sep. 12 & 13 (both days of the display),” it explains, noting that “our Student Health & Counseling Center is open Monday – Friday.”
Additionally, the email also encourages students to stop by the school’s “Gender Equity Center,” which will be “open and available to students” who are disturbed by the display.
Campus Reform has reached out to CSUSM to request additional information about the warning email, and is currently awaiting a response. This article will be updated if and when a reply is received.
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