“In the student handbook nothing states an organization has to get apparel approved”
So supporting the police is not allowed at this school? Maybe the College Republicans should do it anyway.
Campus Reform reports:
EXCLUSIVE: ONU denies College Republicans’ ‘Back the Blue’ apparel design
The Ohio Northern University College Republicans chapter was denied approval recently for “Back the Blue” apparel by the university due to other schools having had to “retract and apologize” for similar initiatives.
ONU College Republicans designed shirts with “Back the Blue” printed on the sleeve and a Thin Blue Line flag printed on the back. The shirt design does not include ONU lettering and shows no affiliation with the university.
“Back the Blue” refers to a nationwide movement in support of police.
College Republicans president Madeline Markwood told Campus Reform that although she did not have to, she decided to seek approval for the apparel from the university as she hopes to “maintain an outstanding reputation on campus.”
Markwood is also a Campus Reform correspondent.
“In the student handbook nothing states an organization has to get apparel approved, however, I received an email telling student organization presidents to get apparel approved. In which case, we went ahead and asked for approval to be considerate of their wishes and make sure everyone was happy,” she said.
“My intentions of making sure everyone (College Republicans and the Communication and Marketing Department) were on the same page and informed of what our organization was doing ended up just backfiring,” Markwood continued.
In emails obtained by Campus Reform, ONU associate director of Communications and Marketing Sheila Baumgartner replied to Markwood on September 17 by admitting the request’s “sensitivity” caused the office to discuss the request with the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion board and the Office of Multicultural Development office.
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