Ithaca, N.Y. —  A student government organization unanimously voted Tuesday to condemn a video purporting to show an assistant dean at Cornell expressing support for ISIS.


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Cornell’s Graduate and Professional Student Assembly approved “Resolution in Support of Assistant Dean of Students for Student Activities Joseph Scaffido,” who was shown in a hidden camera video released by James O’Keefe’s “Veritas Project.”

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Katherine Herleman, chair of the GPSA’s Diversity & International Students Committee and a Ph.D. student in the geological sciences, released a statement explaining the resolution.

“O’Keefe’s ‘reporter’ surreptitiously filmed Scaffido in order to cut and paste a crude video collage accusing Cornell of allowing a hypothetical student organization to support ISIS terrorists,” she said.

“The premise is so absurd that it hardly merits a reply – yet I feel compelled to speak up for our incredible student community and highlight how many of my peers have committed what little free time they have outside of rigorous academic studies in order to assist communities in great need, fight against abuses of human rights, and create a more just world for everyone.”

Here’s the resolution passed by the GPSA:


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Jeff Stein is the founder and former editor of the Ithaca Voice.