Investigator: Student’s Bake Sale Mocking Progressives Did Not Violate Federal Law
An investigator determined that a student accused by his university of discrimination because of a mock “Social Justice Bake Sale” did not violate university policy or federal law, according to a letter obtained by The Daily Caller News Foundation Sunday.
Third-party investigator Jody Luna absolved Regis University student Alex Beck of all 4 accusations of discrimination and unauthorized videotaping in the letter. Regis accused Beck of discrimination after the student mocked progressive identity politics by selling baked goods based on customers’ race, gender, and sexuality as part of a Young Americans for Liberty event.
“Numerous students were justifiably offended by Mr. Beck’s ‘bake sale’ and [the fact] that he priced items based on the purchaser’s protected status,” said Luna in the investigation, results of which the Catholic university sent to Beck Friday. “However, there were insufficient facts to find that his conduct violated specific Regis policy or the law.” (RELATED: College Drops The Hammer On Conservative Student For ‘Social Justice Bake Sale’)
Luna found it “less than likely” that Beck’s actions or comments violated Regis’ Nondiscrimination and Sexual Misconduct Policy, that his actions violated local, state, or federal law, or that his videotaping broke Regis’ policy on unauthorized filming.
Regis blocked Beck from viewing its Twitter account after his satirical bake sale. The student alleged that individuals threatened and stalked him, and that “anti-fascists” vandalized his property after the incident. When he visited Regis provost Janet Houser for advice, the provost allegedly told Beck: “It’s not that I can’t do anything. I am not going to do anything.” The student says the provost then called his bake sale “deeply offensive” and “racist.”
“There have been no apologies or statements regarding my treatment by the University,” Beck told TheDCNF Monday. “After the events following the bake sale, I am contemplating how activists can best go about calling out and protesting the regressive left on campuses, as I only caused the University to launch an unsuccessful witch hunt, then hire a new salaried ‘Vice Provost of Inclusion and Diversity.’ Who knows, maybe they’ll bankrupt themselves.”
Beck said that he would not be returning to Regis in the fall.
TheDCNF reached out to Regis University for comment, but received none in time for publication.
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