No, you won’t get in trouble for having condoms on campus.
Despite rumors, birth control is NOT banned at Fordham, according to the university’s student handbook. Distribution of birth control is, however, prohibited on campus and students found distributing birth control on campus are subject to face disciplinary action.
But that’s precisely why SAGES — the anonymous coalition of students who claimed responsibility for distributing condoms on campus earlier this month — acted anonymously.
Note: This is the policy of Jesuit Catholic universities across the country.
The exact wording of Fordham’s policy, according to the university handbook:
As an institution in the Catholic, Jesuit tradition, Fordham University follows Church teachings on reproductive issues. Distribution of contraceptives, contraceptive devices and/or birth control, in any form, is prohibited on Fordham University property and at University-sponsored events. University Health Services staff do make limited exceptions in writing appropriate prescriptions for the treatment of an existing medical condition accompanied by supporting documentation.
Additional information on this policy can be obtained within the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) section of the University Health Services website (Policy on Sexual Issues) and the link to the Ethical & Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services, also located within the FAQ section on the University Health Services website.