MISSOULA, Mont. — Student Taylor Powell is a member of the University of Montana’s chapter of Turning Point U.S.A. It’s a national organization of conservative high school and college students.
About once a week, she sets up a table to recruit new members.
Powell says she and other members of the group have been getting harassed on campus.
“These students were vulgar, they were attacking me personally for being from North Dakota—my hometown is only 30 minutes from the border so it’s not that different. The attacks went from being based on my political beliefs to personally at me,” said Powell.
She says the students were sent by a professor who was recently questioning her about her political views.
“She came up to me and said she sent her class to gather information from me, whatever that may be. I asked what she told them to ask of me. I really had no clue,” said Powell. “She said she sent the students there and left.”
NBC Montana reached out to the professor multiple times last week. We haven’t heard back from her yet.
Powell says she felt attacks and filed a formal complaint with the campus office of equal opportunity.
“A professor who is in a position of authority and funded by taxpayer dollars—when she first stopped it was on her free time, that’s whatever but when you’re using your position as a professor in a classroom to align students to fight for your own political agenda that’s not right,” said Powell.
Powell says it could be several weeks before anything happens with the complaint she filed.