Conversio Virium (CV), the oldest university student-run BDSM education group in the United States, is the central Columbia University student organization that represents the college's collective population who engage in consensual BDSM and related activities. CV is a not-for-profit group that advocates strongly for freedom of sexual self-expression and is particularly concerned with creating a safe and welcoming environment for young people to explore their interest in alternative sexual practices, especially consensual sexual dominance and submission (D/s). CV participates in many of New York City's sexuality community events alongside similar organizations such as The Eulenspiegel Society.
In 1994, soon after Conversio Virium's inception, a Columbia University Christian group accused CV of violating its own constitution and as a result the university expelled CV from its grounds. The accusations were eventually proven untrue and CV was reinstated as an official Columbia University student organization. In the process, CV gained many allies from both the BDSM community and elsewhere, including Robert B. Chatelle, Board Member of the National Writers Union at the time, who wrote to CV offering support.
In 2007, Conversio Virium made national television headlines when Fox News invited Ann Coulter to comment on an article published in the New York Daily News about the university's sex clubs called Wild Sex 101, in which the club and the university was criticized.
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- Chatelle, Robert (December 4, 1994). "NWU Letter to Conversio Virium, by Robert B. Chatelle". Retrieved February 24, 2011.
- Coulter, Ann (November 29, 2006). "Report: X-Rated Behavior at Columbia University". Fox News. Retrieved February 24, 2011.
- Feiden, Douglas (November 26, 2006). "Wild Sex 101". New York: NY Daily News. Archived from the original on October 18, 2007.
- Kraushar, Elizabeth (February 9, 2007). "Safer Sex Week Covers Bases". Columbia Spectator. Retrieved February 24, 2011.
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