Students’ Mask Mandate Protest Met with Locked Doors, Expletive-ridden Emails from University Employees

By Emily Schneller

Students at Montana State University allege they were blocked by police officers and prevented from delivering a petition to the president.

Faculty and staff also sent students opposed to the mandate emails that contained expletives.

Students at Montana State University were blocked by police officers and prevented from delivering a petition to the president on September 24.

The petition, created by Dylan Dean, president of MSU’s Young Americans for Liberty chapter,  calls on MSU’s President Waded Cruzado to “revoke her mask mandate policy.”

Dean and other MSU students planned to deliver the petition in person to Cruzado during a scheduled protest and found the side door of Montana Hall locked. The front door was also locked and had two campus police officers standing outside.

[RELATED: TN students unhappy with chancellor’s maskless Instagram posts]

Dean stated in a phone interview with Campus Reform that one of the officers claimed he “smelled alcohol” and required that an appointment be made with the president.

Dean, however, clarified that he tried to set up an appointment with Cruzado and stated, “They’ve dodged me multiple times.”

At one point, an MSU employee came outside to take their petition.

This petition came after the Dean of Students sent an August 26 email to all students stating that face masks must be worn in “indoor instructional spaces.”

That communication appeared to contradict an August 17 email from Cruzado that stated, “each of us will voluntarily wear a face mask.”

The mandate has since been expanded to include “indoors in hallways, offices, the library, the Strand Union Building, MSU residence halls and dining halls.”

[RELATED: Clemson issues mask mandate night before profs set to protest]

In response, Dean commented that it “seemed like the administration back stabbed students on this and had always planned to.”

Dean also told Campus Reform that the petition has currently been signed by 1,127 students and believes it may be the “largest petition in MSU history.”

The petition was not only circulated to students but to all MSU staff members as well.

Dean has since received an email from the former Director of INSIGHT, Alcohol and Drug Assistance Center, Rick Winking, stating, “You stupid f**k.”

Seth Pincus, professor of Antibody Biology and Medicine, also sent Dean an email that states, “Honestly, I think you are a selfish idiot…”

MSU YAL Vice President Rachael Stevenson stated in an email to Campus Reform that it’s disappointing to see staff treat students in such a manner.

“It’s very disappointing to see staff members treat students this way just because they hold different beliefs,” Stevenson said. Colleges claim to be an open space for freedom of thought and yet MSU attacks students for practicing these rights. It is discouraging to know that members of staff feel it is acceptable to treat students this way.”

Campus Reform reached out to President Cruzado and Montana State University for comment but did not receive a response in time for publication.

Source: Campus Reform

Emily Schneller is a Montana Campus Correspondent, reporting liberal bias and abuse on college campuses. She is a Senior at Rocky Mountain College in Billings, Montana, majoring in History and Political Science and minoring in Business Administration and Pre-law. She is also the President of her Young Americans for Freedom chapter. During her time as a YAF officer in the Billings community, she has been featured on multiple local radio shows.

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