Students and some professors are outraged at the existence of a conservative activist student group at Santa Clara University. The Turning Points USA club was earlier rejected by the student senate with a vote of 16-10, because it would make them feel ‘unsafe’ due to the ‘mood’ at the campus at the time of Donald’s trump’s election.
The decision was reversed by vice provost Jeanne Rosenberger, who used her power of administrative fiat to register the student organization. Her decision has been met with anger from liberal students, two of whom sent inflamed letters to the student newspaper.
Master of teaching student, Avery Unterreiner wrote:
“I have sat by my computer for an hour now with my stomach turning and my feelings oscillating between disillusionment, disgust and anger… [Turning Points USA is] associated with white supremacists, a professor watchlist that seeks to silence their right to opine in their own classrooms and conservative talking heads who hold blatantly misogynistic, Islamophobic and transphobic views.”
Tuning Point USA identifies its core principle as, “fiscal responsibility, free markets, and limited government.”
Another student accused the club as being associated with white supremacist group Identity Evropa, although the groups are not affiliated.
The Daily Caller reports:
In addition to students, a multitude of Santa Clara professors have also protested the administration’s decision to allow a Turning Points USA chapter on campus.
“As faculty members at the University, we were disappointed to learn that the Provost’s office intervened last week to overturn the Student Senate decision denying Turning Point USA’s (TPUSA) application to become a registered student organization,” a group of 86 Santa Clara professors wrote in a letter to the school newspaper.
Turning Point USA runs a database called the Professor Watchlist, which monitors and reports the activities of anti-conservative professors across the USA.