College student faces potential disciplinary action over Trump photo, political Facebook post

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A student at a New Jersey college is facing potential suspension after fellow students filed a report against him for a Facebook post he wrote after using a photo of President Trump as the background on a Zoom call. And now, a students' rights organization is calling on the university to withdraw the slew of charges it brought against him.

Stockton University doctoral student Robert Dailyda, according to a letter from the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), is facing student-conduct charges of disruptive behavior; discrimination; harassment; hostile environment; harm; and bullying and cyberbullying.

The charges stem from July 1, when Dailyda used a photo of Trump as his Zoom background, according to a letter sent by FIRE to the university. FIRE is demanding that the charges be withdrawn no later than Tuesday.

The use of the photo upset other students and led to a discussion in a group message that became "heated" but was not "threatening," according to the letter. Dailyda then left the group message, the letter says, to "avoid continued conflict."

But he later posted a message on Facebook on the "leftist agenda of BLM and the white self haters" that he said he has "seen in action" at Stockton.

"I have gotten to the point that I have to say something. I love this country. We are a diverse, yet assimilated population from all backgrounds. I believe all must have the same opportunities and I commit to make that a priority," Dailyda said. "Beyond that, I am done with the leftist agenda of BLM and the white self haters. I have seen it in action in my doctoral classes at Stockton and the general media. I'm not backing down. If we can't get past this, ok, I'm ready to fight to the death for our county and against those that want to take it down. I believe there are also many like me."

Dailyda added in a comment: "I'm surprised how many people are quiet... maybe not..." A comment to that post, from a different person, said: "Bob Dailyda that's what we do. (Quiet) but ...we aim with persision (sic). Boom done. No drama."

The school then received complaints saying that the Trump photo on the Zoom call made students "feel offended, disrespected, and taunte... (Read more)

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