Cuffs (Iowa State University)

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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 Nov. 10, 2003 [1]).[2] 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 2016-2017 academic year, Cuffs is still an active student organization at Iowa State University.[4]

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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, 6 November 2003.
  2. ^ "College Cracks Down On Student Bondage Club". Associated Press, 19 February 2004.
  3. ^ Barton, Tom. "Regents decline Cuffs appeal Archived 29 September 2007 at the Wayback Machine." Iowa State Daily, 16 December 2004.
  4. ^ Cuffs Web Site Archive link

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