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May 8, 2009

UPDATE: GCC student suspended for off-campus participation in online gay porn

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Gechter would be able to return to GCC in the fall of 2010 to finish his degree, “provided he exhibited proof that he turned his life around and is out of (the porn) industry,” Ms. Clingensmith explained. “The student was also notified he was not to be on college property during this suspension and informed a return to the college would involve the approval of (Hardesty) and a probationary status.”

Gechter was charged with three sanctions: sexual misconduct; participating in a public display of pornography; and having been engaged in conduct that is contrary to the mission and values of Grove City College;and likely to bring dishonor to the college and acting in a way inconsistent with college values, according to a letter sent to Gechter from Hardesty.

GCC’s student handbook, the Crimson, outlines the college’s stance on premarital sex under its sexual misconduct policy, Ms. Clingensmith said.

“Premarital sex, heterosexual or homosexual, or any other such conduct that violates historical Christian standards” is subject to disciplinary action, she noted.

Gechter appealed the sanctions and his hearing was held Monday.

The appeals board, composed of faculty and students, voted to sustain the sanctions imposed by the Office of Student Life and Learning, according to a letter sent to Gechter from Mary A. Skidmore and Dr. James Bibza, co-chairs of the appeals board.

Gechter said Tuesday he was taking the school’s internal appeals process to the next level, which Ms. Clingensmith said was a review by the provost of the college.

According to Ms. Clingensmith, disciplinary action at GCC has four goals: educating the students on what they have done wrong; changing that behavior; pointing the students toward Christ; and restoring them to the college community.

Gechter, who said he is bisexual, said he was disappointed by GCC’s reaction, adding that he was “not going down without a fight.”

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