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Duke Pulls College Republicans Funding

Duke Pulls College Republicans Funding


The Duke University College Republicans lost its funding five months after it impeached its chairman because he is openly gay.

The student senate Wednesday voted overwhelmingly to defund the organization for the academic year, according to the Duke student newspaper, The Chronicle.Student senators were shown discriminatory and harassing e-mails Wednesday night that Justin Robinette and his supporters received. The senate also voted to revoke the group's charter, but that decision must be approved by the Student Organizational Finance Committee.

Robinette said earlier this year that the executive board decided he was unfit to serve as chairman because of "conduct unbecoming of a person in a position of leadership," including failing to attend events and using the group's funds for personal use. Robinette said the charges are "petty" and the situations in question occurred before he was unanimously reelected in March, a month before the abrupt impeachment.

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