The Boston College chapter of the American Association of University Professors is deeply concerned about the university’s recent letters sent to members of the BC Students for Sexual Health (BCSSH) threatening disciplinary action against them for distributing contraceptives in their dorm rooms. While it is the university’s right to distribute or not distribute contraceptives through the student health center, we believe that taking disciplinary action against students for lawful actions undertaken in the privacy of their dorm rooms constitutes an infringement of their rights. The issues regarding sexual health raised by BCSSH are important to the welfare of our students who come from a variety of faith traditions; taking disciplinary action against them on such matters of individual conscience sends the wrong message to the campus community, alumni, and prospective students.
-BCAAUP Executive Board
Approved March 27, 2013