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Georgetown spins a tall tale about missing student group funds

The university’s official explanation simply doesn’t make a lot of sense

An ongoing saga at Georgetown should give us all pause. The campus student group Love Saxa—which last semester faced serious social and institutional pressure for espousing Catholic doctrine on marriage (at a Catholic university, no less!)—recently discovered that a substantial amount of its funding has either gone missing or, in some cases, been funneled into the coffer of LGBT-friendly groups on campus. The Alliance Defending Freedom, a tireless advocate of beleaguered students on campuses across the country, took up this case and demanded Georgetown return the funds to Love Saxa and investigate how the financial mishap ever happened in the first place.

Georgetown’s response, on which The College Fix reported yesterday, is a baffling and ham-fisted attempt to sweep this apparent scandal under the rug. Georgetown claimed that “no established path existed” to ensure the proper placement of donor gifts to Love Saxa; the school evidently hadn’t established a “designated worktag” to accommodate any donations made to the group. With all due respect: This sounds like total hogwash.

As an attorney representing the group pointed out, Love Saxa has been in possession of “a fully functional set of accounting codes” since at least last school year. Additionally, it remains a mystery why, “designated worktag” or not, several donations somehow mysteriously ended up in the coffers of pro-LGBT groups—a striking coincidence, given that Love Saxa has been targeted by LGBT activists for months now. And then there’s the matter of the $200 that just outright went missing; did someone just ball the check up and toss it out the window? Give us a break.

Administrative mistakes—even bizarre ones—sometimes do happen, especially at a large university with as many moving parts at Georgetown. One is obliged to not rush to judgment. And yet everything about this affair seems suspect enough to warrant a great deal of suspicion. Love Saxa deserves real answers, not confusing shibboleths, as to why its duly-gotten funds have vanished or ended up in the accounts of its ideological antagonists. There may be a perfectly reasonable explanation for all of this—but if not, Georgetown should address the scandal now, before it grows even larger and potentially more damaging for the university.

MORE: Georgetown explanation for Catholic group’s missing funds ‘raises more questions than it answers’

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