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Cornell Official Open to Creation of ISIS Group on Campus

By    |   Wednesday, 25 March 2015 04:41 PM

A top administrator at Cornell University has said that the institution would be open to the creation of a group supporting the Islamic State (ISIS) and to hosting a training camp for militants on campus.

Project Veritas sent an undercover reporter posing as a Moroccan student to question Cornell's assistant dean for students, Joseph Scaffido. 

Scaffido was open to inviting an ISIS "freedom fighter" to the campus and likened a possible training camp to bringing in a coach to the school for a sports camp.

"You would be allowed to do something like that. It's just like bringing in a coach, to do a training, a sports trainer or something," the Cornell official said.

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He also appeared to agree with the suggestion of allowing the group to provide material support for the militant group in the form of "care packages, whether it be food, water, electronics."

When asked whether the group could also support Hamas, Scaffido said it would not be a problem either.

"The university is not going to look at different groups and say, 'you're not allowed to support that group because we don't believe them' or something like that. I think it's just the opposite. I think the university wants the entire community to understand what's going on in all parts of the world," Scaffido said.

The State Department includes both ISIS and Hamas on its list of terrorist organizations.

When questioned about Scaffido's comments, Cornell issued a statement to the New York Post: "Cornell fully supports the free exchange of ideas and does not review or control the political ideology of our students. We do not, of course, tolerate unlawful advocacy of violence, and the comment about training by ISIS freedom fighters does not reflect university policy," said Joel Malina, Cornell's vice president for university relations.

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A top administrator at Cornell University has said that the institution would be open to the creation of a group supporting the Islamic State (ISIS) and to hosting a training camp for militants on campus.
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