The March 30 letters of Phil Bayer (“BC falls back on empty words”) and BC faculty members Jacqueline Lerner and Deborah T. Levenson (“Students should be met with concern, not threat”) suggest that Boston College’s policy banning the distribution of condoms out of dorm rooms will promote pregnancies or lead to life-threatening diseases. I respectfully submit that their arguments are fundamentally flawed.
Students can easily walk down the street to purchase condoms or order them online. While I agree with the faculty members that they have an obligation “to support young people in their attempts to avoid tragedy,” I think seeking to take care of their every need on campus is misguided. Rather, encouraging them to leave campus occasionally, take personal responsibility, and develop independence is a better way to accomplish that goal.