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College Suspends Student for Secret Porn Career

Grove City CollegeGrove City College, a conservative Christian college located near Pittsburgh, PA, has suspended indefinitely one of its students after it was discovered that he had secretly been performing in gay pornography to finance his education. The current annual cost of GCC is $19,414 for all degree programs. John Gechter, 22, was a bright, popular student majoring in molecular biology, but on weekends and during school vacations over the last two years, he became Vincent DeSalvo, a rising star in online gay porn. The student meticulously kept his two lives separate until his alter ego was accidentally discovered by another student. “A student on campus was browsing inappropriate content online and recognized me on a (pornography) Web site,” said Gechter. “He copied and pasted some images and sent an e-mail to some friends. GCC is a pretty small school, so the e-mail spread like wildfire.” On April 23, that email was sent out, and by the afternoon of April 24, Gechter was called to a meeting with school administrators to discuss his career in porn and its impact on the college. (more after the jump)

On April 27, Larry Hardesty, vice president for student life and learning at the college, informed Gechter that he would be suspended indefinitely for one year. The student was charged with three sanctions that violate the college's code of conduct: 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 Communications Director Amy Clingensmith, Gechter may return to finish his degree “provided he exhibited proof that he turned his life around and is out of (the porn) industry.” The student appealed the sanctions, but his appeal was denied. Clingensmith added, “Premarital sex, heterosexual or homosexual, or any other such conduct that violates historical Christian standards is subject to disciplinary action." Gechter identifies himself as bisexual.

“I absolutely believe the college (has) violated my rights,” Gechter said. “They (suspended) me based on my occupation. I was not doing anything illegal.” He has vowed to fight the suspension and has engaged the services of a Pittsburgh attorney. He has also contacted the Pittsburgh Delta Foundation and the American Civil Liberties Union. Gechter is the most surprised and saddened by the response of his friends and peers at the college. He has received over 150 hate emails from other students and been jeered on campus. Some students have even thrown fruit at him. Gechter also plans to sue the students who sent hate emails for slander and defamation of character. Despite all of these difficulties, Gechter still considers himself a Christian. "I do consider myself a Christian, but the examples of what people have shown me (as Christians) has been very different,” he said. “I kept my campus life separate (from porn) and I never thought people would react the way they did.”

[Update: Mr. Gechter announced on Thursday, May 7, that he will withdraw from GCC and seek to transfer his accumulated 135 credits to another institution.]

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College Suspends Student for Secret Porn Career

While fully support Mr. Gechter's choice of a part time job. I don't think the Grove City College is well with in it's right to suppend him. Grove is a Christian college. AS stated in the article Mr. Gechter violated the college's code of condect. He was not forced to attend GCC. It was his choice. He agread to thier policy. Had the college been a public school or there was not a code that delt Mr. Grechter's activities, I would support him.

What some people (on both sides) don't realize that freedom of speech belongs to everyone, including those who disagree with us.

College Suspends Student for Secret Porn Career

I should learn to proofread what I am writing. GCC was right to suppend Mr. Gechter.

Yeah, I agree with Terry R.

Yeah, I agree with Terry R. It's a sad state, surely, and hopefully the school will be supportive in getting him into another college, but he did agree to their rules. They're not a public school, so they can make that call.

Discrimination

In general, the rules at Grove City College are arbitrarily enforced. For most offenses, the school will simply place the student on disciplinary probation. If the offense is sexual in nature, the school will expel the student. They use the term "suspend" incorrectly, I believe, since the suspension is indefinite and the suspended student must actually reapply to the school to continue attending. The one-year "suspension" really means that the student may not submit an application to the school until one year has passed (although in my experience, these suspended students generally choose not to reapply).

I only stayed at Grove City College for one year because the environment was repressive and discriminatory. During the year I was there, two students were suspended indefinitely, and neither was permitted to return to the institution. One of those suspensions was for a second offense for a student already on disciplinary probation; the other was for a sexual offense. The latter student was the class president. Since his offense was sexual, despite the fact that it was his first breach of the code of conduct, he was expelled.

I think the rules at Grove City are extremely vague, and that allows the college to toss out students for pretty much anything one of the administrators takes exception to. If a student can be expelled for "having been engaged in conduct that is contrary to the mission and values of Grove City College", that opens each and every student up to being expelled for anything from pre-marital sex to coveting his neighbor's ass. Some could even argue you could be expelled for working on the Sabbath or failing to honor your father or mother. After all, the values of Grove City College are defined by someone else's interpretation of the Bible.

Maybe Terry and Kittae have a good point: he knew the rules existed and he broke them. The rules themselves, however, are discriminatory. If he had engaged in sexual acts on campus or had filmed porn in his dorm room, they might have a leg to stand on (although I would still think that rule would not foster a healthy environment), but no college or university should have the right to control what its students do off-campus. If they found out he had been off-campus while engaging in heterosexual intercourse that was not filmed, I do not believe he would have been expelled. The school just doesn't want prospective parents seeing that they have a gay porn-star attending their school. It's discrimination.

I'm glad this case has become so public. I think that many Christian teenagers who are looking at college for the first time apply to Grove City looking for a welcoming environment full of unconditional love and an education designed by professors with beliefs similar to theirs. They don't realize how arbitrary the discipline is and how repressive the administrators are. If potential students realized what they were getting themselves into, I'm guessing many would not apply. I know I wouldn't have.

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