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College Opens Discrimination Investigation Against Student After Social Justice Bake Sale

A college launched a Title IX investigation in May against a student for hosting a bake sale in which he satirically offered baked goods in accordance with the race or gender of individuals and for allegedly making some discriminatory remarks.

Regis University is launching a Title IX investigation against Alexander Beck, who conducted a “Social Justice Bake Sale” March 16 with his Young Americans for Liberty chapter and offered baked goods according to the amount of “privilege” and “oppression” they had, in mockery of left-wing identity politics, according to documents obtained by The Daily Caller News Foundation.

Beck and YAL gave a discount to LGBT and female students and charged Asians more than whites and blacks more than Hispanics. (RELATED: College Drops The Hammer On Conservative Student For ‘Social Justice Bake Sale’)

Beck’s accuser, who is not named by Regis in the investigation, also alleges that Beck “made discriminatory comments to students, including: ‘white people are smarter than black people,’ and ‘black people commit more crimes than white people’ on the same day as the bake sale.

“I absolutely do not recall making those statements,” said the student to TheDCNF.

Regis University alerted Beck of the investigation into his alleged “discrimination” and “harassment” May 2 but the student did not immediately forward the information to TheDCNF, as he was considering litigation.

“Please note that opening this investigation does not mean that we have made a determination about the merits of this report,” said Michelle Spralding, Regis’ Equal Opportunity & Title IX Coordinator in her email to Beck.  The Title IX coordinator also attached the school’s Nondiscrimination and Sexual Misconduct Policy in her email.

Spralding reached out May 1 to arrange a meeting with Beck, a day before sending him the investigation letter.

In March, Regis University blocked Beck from viewing its official Twitter account and a provost declined to help him after the student asserted that he had been threatened, stalked, and had his property vandalized.

“[The bake sale] violated university policy and federal law by selling items at different prices based on race and gender,” said Regis in a statement reported by The Denver Channel in March.

The investigation comes while Regis University is tacking diversity and inclusion on an institutional level.

John P. Fitzgibbons, the school’s president, announced that Regis will begin seeking a Vice Provost for Diversity in May and that he will ask the new Vice President for Student Affairs to create a “restorative justice model” for student code violations, in an April 18 email obtained by TheDCNF.

Regis will also work on enhancing the diversity and “inclusive excellence” learned by students in their curriculum.

“I want to assure you that I understand more action needs to take place,” said Fitzgibbons in his email. “That is why I am in this conversation with you. I also want you to know that we will live our Jesuit, Catholic mission, including showing preferential treatment for the poor and dignity of all humans in our teaching and our actions.”

TheDCNF reached out to Beck and Regis University for comment, but received none in time for publication.

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