HILLSDALE, MI (WLNS) – Colleges and universities encourage free speech and open dialogue among students.
A mass email was issued to students faculty and staff Wednesday on Hillsdale college’s campus.
The copy was in response to an email sent Tuesday, that as our Nick Perreault explains has some of the student body questioning did the university go too far.
“My initial reaction was I thought it was a joke,” said Derek Schell, Hillsdale Alumnus.
But the email sent to all Hillsdale students, faculty and staff was no joke.
The email stated, “Just to give you a heads up, ugly things are happening in the Supreme Court right now….So we are praying for God to give the Justices the courts wisdom, courage and discernment, for evil to be revealed and destroyed, and for a heart of love and sound mind.”
“I understand the religious aspect, but for that to reach the entire body including some alumni, that’s where it kind of went a step too far,” Schell said.
Alumni that includes Derek Schell, Schell witnessed the struggles of same-sex couples first hand as he came out at the start of his senior year in 2013 to his basketball team.
“When I realized it was sent to the entire campus, honestly I knew right away that it was going to be something big.”
Comments hit twitter from both sides of the issue.
“Please tell me this isn’t serious, you should be ashamed of yourself if you even think of going to this,” Zach Van Orman.
“If you don’t like the email, delete it and move on. A student wants to stand up for something and a professor helped,” Justice Karmie.
The prayer session did take place
6 News reached out to the HIllsdale administration requesting an on-camera interview to respond to this email and they responded with another email.
“The tone and language of the email did not properly represent our commitment to thoughtful inquiry and civil discussion as necessary to the pursuit of truth….We trust, too, that a revision of relevant communications policies will reinforce these commitments,” David Whalen Provost.
While Schell says he is a bit angered and confused by how the letter would be approved by administration in the first place, he just wants change for current and future Hillsdale students.
“Just hoping people can open their minds and hearts and just realize that you never know what someone is going through right next to you so just have a little room for some love.”
Love for all students at Hillsdale.