A student at West Virginia University was notified by an assistant dean that he was the subject of an investigation due to wearing a shirt which read “BORDER PATROL” and an “ICE” (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) hat.
“You are the subject of an investigation regarding alleged prohibited conduct,” the letter to Joey Cortese read. Dean LiDell Evans informed Cortese that her office received an official complaint about the outfit on the morning of November 6. Cortese told The Daily Wire the complaint stems from a picture he posted on Instagram from a Halloween party.
The letter stated Cortese was to attend a meeting about the matter today (he did), but if he could not do so it was imperative he contact Evans’ office.
The penalty for non-compliance could have been his student account being put on “hold.”
“I received this email Wednesday and have had awful anxiety since,” Cortese told The Daily Wire in an interview. “While I was trying to study for finals, this was looming on the back of my mind.”
“I know I didn’t do as well on my finals as I should have due to this,” Cortese added. …
The photo, which Cortese agreed to share with The Daily Wire […] shows him handcuffing a female student who dressed up with him for Halloween. Cortese is wearing an Immigrations and Customs Enforcement black hat and a Border Patrol T-shirt, while the female is wearing what Cortese says is an alien costume with a piece of paper attached to her shirt that reads “illegal.”
Cortese, who is also the Communications Director for Students for Trump, said that during the meeting, Assistant Dean Evans told him the costume could be “misinterpreted the wrong way” but acknowledged that it was Cortese’s “constitutional right” to wear the costume.
Cortese says the female student has not been notified of an investigation or called in for a meeting by the assistant dean.
The WVU Office of Student Conduct told the Daily Wire that it “followed standard procedure, including the timing, to follow up on the complaint and talk with the student,” and that it “tries to wrap up any matters before students leave campus at the end of each semester.”
It noted “no charges or disciplinary action was [sic] taken” against Cortese and the matter is closed.
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