Legislative Alert: Harvard Yanks Admissions Over Ugly Facebook Posts

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Legislative Alert: Harvard Yanks Admissions Over Ugly Facebook Posts

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  • Harvard Revokes Admissions over Nasty Social Media Posts
  • Feds Rethinking Tacit Approval of Medical Marijuana
  • President Proposes Merging Agencies


Harvard Revokes Admissions over Nasty Social Media Posts

At least 10 students are probably still in shock right now after having their acceptances revoked by Harvard University. The school changed its mind about the applicants after seeing sexually explicit and racially insensitive posts on Facebook.

According to the Harvard Crimson, the posts were made to a private Facebook group for the incoming class of 2021. The images posted by these students reportedly mocked sexual assault, the Holocaust, and the death of children. The Admissions Office sent an email to the students who were involved saying the Admissions Committee was “disappointed” to learn of these offensive messages, but there is a disclaimer on the Facebook group that says the school “reserves the right to withdraw an offer of admission if an admitted student engages in behavior that brings into question his or her honesty, maturity, or moral character.”


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Feds Rethinking Tacit Approval of Medical Marijuana

Attorney General Jeff Sessions says the 2014 Rohrabacher-Farr amendment, which prohibits the Justice Department from prosecuting marijuana crimes in states that have passed legalization measures, ties their hands when it comes to fighting dangerous drug traffickers and large scale drug organizations. The amendment makes it impossible for federal law enforcement to go after those who are producing and selling marijuana in states that have decided to legalize the drug, even though it is still illegal as far as the federal government is concerned. A few weeks ago Sessions sent a letter to congressional leaders asking them to once again allow his people to crack down on what he calls a “historic drug epidemic.” The AG’s letter directly contradicts President Trump’s previous support of medical marijuana legislation on the state level.  


President Proposes Merging Agencies

Presidents Trump recently released his budget proposal, and as one of several money saving efforts, the document proposes the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) be merged with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).  While both groups exist to fight discrimination, the OFCCP also enforces affirmative action. The merger is intended to eliminate unnecessary agencies, and it is anticipated that the EEOC would assume all of the responsibilities of the OFCCP. The concept is still just a proposal.


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