- The Washington Times - Tuesday, April 7, 2015

A Barry University student says she has been suspended after she recorded an undercover video for James O’Keefe’s Project Veritas that showed her trying to convince school officials into allowing a student club that advocates for the Islamic State terror group.

Senior Laura Loomershot the video at the Miami Shores university, telling an administrator that the proposed club, Sympathetic Students in Support of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, would raise money for humanitarian aid to to the terror group, a local NBC affiliate reported. The footage appears to suggest that Barry University officials were willing to remove the Islamic State reference from the name of the fake proposed club.

According to the apparent suspension, Ms. Loomer is not allowed on campus or allowed to attend class.

“In response to complaints filed by members of the University community on Wednesday, April 3, and received by my office this morning, April 6, 2015, your alleged actions were the cause root of disruption of the University community and the creation of a hostile environment for members of the University staff,” read a notice purportedly from Maria Alvarez, the university’s associate vice president and dean of students, Campus Reform reported.

“Because these alleged actions violate Barry University’s Code of Conduct, effective immediately you are placed on Interim Suspension from Barry University,” the notice said.

Mr. O’Keefe called the suspension a “personal attack” due to Barry’s inability to “defend the egregious actions of their staff members,” Campus Reform reported.

Project Veritas said in a press release Monday: “The vague language used by Barry University in issuing the suspension, coupled with the timing, suggest that Barry does not have an actionable claim against Laura. Rather, it appears that they object to the negative publicity the school has received due to the statements of their administrative and academic staff.”

Barry officials said they couldn’t confirm or comment on any action taken, citing student privacy, the NBC affiliate reported. When the news broke last week, school officials said any paperwork submitted by the student contained no mention of the Islamic State.

“It is reprehensible to think that any organization would acquire video and edit it in such way as to denigrate the reputation of Barry University or its staff,” University President Sister Linda Bevilacqua said.

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