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Duke’s Devilish Blue Problem: How To Handle (Porn) Star Student

A Duke University student who moonlights as porn star Belle Knox, has created an ethical dilemma for the prestigious school.

A Duke University student who moonlights as porn star Belle Knox, has created an ethical dilemma for the prestigious school.

Belle Knox, the Duke University adult film star has created a devilish problem for the elite school. But it’s hard to tell what’s worse; her occupation, or the boorish, immature and misogynistic reaction to it by many students.

The University prides itself on being a leading national institution of higher learning with a supposedly enlightened student body.

But the ugly frat-boy response to her outing by another student paints a far different picture of the atmosphere on campus and whether the school lives up to its own policies on harassment and student conduct.

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Duke is one of many schools that have a student honor code, which all incoming freshmen agree to abide by and which could pose problems for both Knox and her student harassers.

Known as the “Duke Community Standard,” it went into effect in 2003 and was revised in 2007. It’s supposed to serves as a guide to ethical behavior,” according to the university.

“It is followed by a pledge that commits all undergraduates to the highest personal and community standards of conduct,” states the Academic Integrity Council, a student-run board that enforces the code.

The policies are spelled out in the “Duke Community Standard in Practice: A Guide for Undergraduates,” a handbook that every student receives.

The guide every student receives on Duke's code of conduct. It strictly prohibits harassment.

The guide every student receives on Duke’s code of conduct. It strictly prohibits harassment.

Hazing and threats of physical violence are clear violations of the guide. The guide also contains an extensive section on harassment. The university has pledged to keep the campus “free from harassment and prohibited discrimination.”

“Examples of conduct that may constitute harassment include continued unwelcomed questioning about intimate or personal matters outside the
scope of work or learning,” the guidebook reads.

That would seem to put a lot of frat-boys on the hook for disciplinary action, including the student who outed her, identified as college freshman Thomas Bagley.

Knox, who used her stage name instead of her real name to write about her experience on a feminist Web site, says she has been bullied on campus, received death threats and has been harassed by members of the school’s powerful fraternity system.

“My decision to do porn to pay for college was a private one I made, and then I was outed to my university classmates by another Duke student, who had seen me on the Internet a few months ago,” Knox wrote yesterday (Feb. 4). “I started to be harassed. He started to be applauded.”

“Most recently, I have been told that I am ‘an embarrassment to Duke;’ I bring nothing but bad publicity to my school, and I need to be silent,” she wrote.

Knox labeled Duke as a school where women hide their sexuality and are held to a “virgin-whore” standard.

“The message repeated to me seems clear: “You are not a human being. You have no rights or feelings. You are simply a nuisance. You have to stay silent. No matter what, just stay silent,” she added.

Check out more on Belle, including a nude photo shoot at EssCurve.

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