A proactive conservative student at Wake Forest University who tried to engage liberal peers in debate was reported — by professors — to a Campus Assessment, Response and Evaluation Team that determines whether a student might be a threat to himself or others.
Tom Condon, a 27-year-old graduate student in the English Department, was reported to the team by English professors after he counter-protested at a campus DACA rally and attended some Young Democratic Socialists of America chapter meetings last fall, the Wake Forest Review reports.
Condon is a member of the conservative Turning Point USA club, and went to about three socialist meetings with other members of Turning Point to engage in discourse, said Anthony Palumbo, the student journalist who wrote the Review article, in an interview with The College Fix. They stopped going to the meetings after it became clear the effort was futile, Palumbo added.
“He went to their meetings to have a genuine dialogue,” Palumbo said. “It was never malicious.”
Nevertheless, Condon, an English student, was reported as a possible threat to himself or others by English professors after they talked with the Young Democratic Socialists of America, the Review reported.
“According to sources familiar with the matter, the report framed Condon as a far-right extremist whose political views threatened students on campus,” the article states, adding that the CARE team quickly determined Condon was not a threat.
Condon then filed a complaint of his own, saying he felt “harassed, stalked and unsafe” from socialist peers. “These are radicals going after my academics because they had a grudge against me,” Condon told the Review. “They were trying to tear apart my academic reputation, relationship with my professors, and maybe even my status as a student at Wake Forest.”
In the end, that complaint was “dismissed,” with a top campus official alleging that “any actions against Condon only came from a ‘place of concern,'” the Review reported.
The article noted the incident with Condon is at least the second time campus leaders have shrugged off complaints from conservative students about bias and harassment against them.