Quote from 22gawhitacre
Boston College is a PRIVATE JESUIT university. They can do whatever they like. If the students don't like the rules they need to go somewhere else. End of story!
To some degree, yes. Students are free to go to another school at any time. But BC tried to stop these students from distributing condoms on a public way, outside the college. The students had contacted the town's police department and had a valid permit for this action. Campus police tried to stop the students but town police intervened, as the campus police had no jurisdiction on public ways.
This has been a long standing battle between the students and the college. Four years ago, an agreement was reached between students and university officials where the students could have "safe zones" in dorms where condoms could be distributed. The college officials have now reneged on that agreement. Faculty, staff, and students overwhelmingly support the availability of sexual health information and contraception on campus. Again, I understand it is a Jesuit school and they are within their rights to not prescribe and/or distribute contraception in their health service if they so desire, but this is a separate, legal activity that the students have chosen to help safeguard their peers.
I went to nursing school at BC. I find it confusing that we were taught about contraception and yes, pregnancy termination. They have a Women's Health NP track. You can't have that without discussing birth control. They must teach these subjects in order to be accredited, and so that students are equipped to pass NCLEX and NP boards. Nursing is one of the biggest programs at BC, and they would lose a great deal financially if this program ceased to exist. So, it's ok to discuss and teach contraception in class, even though it is against Catholic doctrine, because they have to to keep their nursing program. But, students are forbidden from simply distributing condoms because that is against Catholic doctrine. Huh??? Seems like morals of convenience to me.