Student banned from college after complaining about branded debit cards


A Hickory, North Carolina, college student was pulled out of his classroom last week and banned from campus after he complained on Facebook about his school’s aggressive marketing of a debit card company to its students, FIRE reports. After officials at Catawba Valley Community College (CVCC) punished him for a satirical Facebook post deemed “contrary to the best interest of the CVCC community,” Marc Bechtol reached out to FIRE. The incident began on June 20, 2011, when CVCC announced that “all curriculum students will receive a CVCC branded Debit Mastercard” in partnership with financial services company Higher One

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