Cuffs (Iowa State University)

Cuffs is a student group at Iowa State University that was formed in 2000 to discuss issues related to bondage, discipline, domination and sadomasochism.

The group made national headlines when in 2003, then-Cuffs president Harlan (Duane) Long requested $94 in funding from the student government in order to print fliers. Many people complained that student funds shouldn't be used for such a "deviant" group. However, the funding request was eventually approved by a vote of 21–9.[1]

Cuffs again was the subject of national attention when the group was disciplined by ISU for allegedly committing assault during a BDSM-related demonstration at one of their meetings (on November 10, 2003).[2][3] Cuffs unsuccessfully appealed the disciplinary ruling to the Iowa Board of Regents, which refused to hear the case.[3] The end result of the disciplinary action was that Cuffs was prohibited from performing any type of demonstrations at future meetings.

As of the 2018–2019 academic year, Cuffs is still an active student organization at Iowa State University.

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  1. ^ Barton, Tom. "Cuffs receives $94 through GSB Special Allocations Archived 27 September 2007 at the Wayback Machine" Iowa State Daily, November 6, 2003.
  2. ^ "College Cracks Down On Student Bondage Club". Associated Press, 19 February 2004.
  3. ^ a b Barton, Tom. "Regents decline Cuffs appeal Archived 29 September 2007 at the Wayback Machine" Iowa State Daily, 16 December 2004.

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