Military students at SDSU forced to take down American flag under threat of expulsion
San Diego State College Republicans ask SDSU to change its on-campus housing code to allow Old Glory to fly
Two students at San Diego State University, junior Connor Fenwick of the Army ROTC program, and sophomore Cameron Box, an active member of the U.S. Coast Guard, were forced to remove an American flag, an Army flag, the U.S. Coast Guard Flag and an SDSU blanket from their dormitory balcony Tuesday night after they were threatened with expulsion.
The students live in on-campus housing named Piedra del Sol, run by the school, and therefore must answer to campus officials and the U.S. military. They were told the flags violate housing protocols, reportedly as a fire hazard.
Both students told me they felt singled out for their patriotism, which was a reasonable suspicion because their neighbors in the same dorm complex have foreign flags adhered to their balconies, a British one for example. Other objects, like towels, are draped over railings as well.
But the SDSU living agreement reads: “No items, except patio furniture designed for outdoor use, may be placed on balconies and patios. Hangings, partitions, or curtains of any type may not be used on balconies or patios,” reports a San Diego ABC newsaffiliate, which also quoted ACLU attorney David Loy, who said the university is “within its rights to prohibit hanging anything from a balcony.”