Officials with the University of Nebraska are not happy about a student representing a conservative group being harassed by a professor, a grad student and several others on the Lincoln campus last Friday.
Kaitlyn Mullen is a sophomore and was signing up members for the conservative group, Turning Point USA. She had set up a table to promote the group and was met with protesters carrying signs calling the group Nazi’s and white nationalists. This got the attention of the Board of Regents who are investigating the incident.
Regent Hal Daub believes this was an organized protest of the group. He says, “For signs to be made and for the vulgar, ugly environment that was created was not accidental or instant. It took thought. It took planning. Those signs aren’t made in two minutes. This was intentional, disruptive and very rude and a frightening experience for Kaitlyn. So I am concerned, as are the regents, about student safety.”
Daub says they want the message sent to all the faculty and students that this kind of conduct, left or right, is not to be tolerated. He adds this isn’t a free speech issue but more of a conduct issue. Disciplinary action could be taken against the staff involved for violating a conduct clause that is included in their contracts.
Daub says, “These unprovoked kinds of actions are very negative and reflect poorly on our faculty, poorly on the university at large as well as the Lincoln Campus.”
Turning Point UNA is a national organization with about 1,000 chapters, including one at the University of Nebraska – Omaha.