At Rensselaer Polytechnical Institute in Troy, New York, the fallout continues in the wake of the school’s cancellation of a controversial game art exhibit.
As reported by the Albany Times-Union, the College Republicans, who were instrumental in drawing attention to visiting artist Wafaa Bilal’s Virtual Jihadi exhibit, have had their website shut down. RPI officials said the action was taken because the College Republican site referred to the RPI Arts Department as "a terrorist safehaven."
With an official disciplinary review pending, Dean of Students Mark Smith ordered the website to be shut down, writing that:
[The terrorist safehaven remark is] slanderous, blatantly untrue, and can be construed to endanger the health, safety and welfare of members of the Rensselaer community.
Ken Girardin, co-chairman of the College Republicans, said:
[School officials] were looking at the term from the strictest interpretation. And we were looking at it with the loosest interpretation.
Ironically, the website shut down was the official RPI College Republican page. The terrorist safehaven comment resided on a separate blog not controlled by the school.