Arizona State University Denies Rittenhouse Enrolled at School as Protests Gear Up

Students gathered in a common area at a table with masks on


Several groups at Arizona State University (ASU) are set to protest the online enrollment of Kyle Rittenhouse Wednesday, but the school says he is not a student there.

“Kyle Rittenhouse has not gone through the ASU admissions process,” ASU told The Arizona Sun Times by email. “He is not currently enrolled in any classes at ASU.”

During his high-profile trial, Rittenhouse testified that he was taking online courses at the school. At the time, ASU confirmed that statement.

But it also said at the time that the program in which Rittenhouse is enrolled “allows students access to begin taking classes as they prepare to seek admission into a degree program at the university.”

Meanwhile, left-wing students on the campus are planning to rally against him.

“Join us and rally against racist murderer Kyle Rittenhouse being permitted on our campus – Wednesday at 3:30 outside the Nelson Fine Arts Center on campus,” ASU’s chapter of Students for Socialism said on Twitter.

Rittenhouse was recently acquitted on all charges stemming from the August 25, 2020 shootings of three people at a Black Lives Matter riot in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Two of those people died from their injuries. A jury ruled that Rittenhouse acted in self-defense.

Students for Socialism says that despite Rittenhouse’s acquittal, he is still guilty.

“Even with a not-guilty verdict from a flawed ‘justice’ system – Kyle Rittenhouse is still guilty to his victims and the families of those victims,” it says in a statement. “Join us to demand from ASU that those demands be met to protect students from a violent blood-thirsty murderer.”

The rally is being supported by another campus group called “Students for Justice in Palestine,” which, like the socialist students, reportedly posted the following demands to its Facebook page:

  1. Withdraw Kyle Rittenhouse from ASU
  2. Release a statement against White Supremacy & racist murderer Kyle Rittenhouse
  3. Reaffirm support for the multicultural center on campus as a space safe from White Supremacy
  4. Redirect funding from the ASU PD [campus police] to support the multicultural center and establishment of a care center on campus

The campus’ Multicultural Society and MECHA de ASU, a Mexican-American student group, will join in the protests.

Legally, it is inaccurate to describe Rittenhouse, who was cleared of all charges, as a “murderer.” There is also no evidence that he is a “racist,” as suggested by the student groups.

The Arizona Sun Times reached out to ASU Law’s Interim Dean Adam Chodorow to see if the school was worried that such labels could lead to civil action taken by Rittenhouse, who many suspect will sue politicians and news outlets for defamation.

Chodorow declined to comment.

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Pete D’Abrosca is a contributor at The Arizona Sun Times and The Star News Network. Follow Pete on Twitter. Email tips to [email protected].
Photo “Tabling at passport to ASU!” by Students for Socialism ASU.


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2 Thoughts to “Arizona State University Denies Rittenhouse Enrolled at School as Protests Gear Up”

  1. hewhitney

    Socialists, and groups isolating themselves from the general student body, by declaring fealty to some “racially based political group”…”claim”, without proof, that a guy who was found “not guilty of murder” after a jury by trial exonerated him, are demanding concessions from the Leadership of ASU, including affirming “maintaining an area for people of color”, whereby white students are refused entry ?
    If Dr. Crowe allows MY tax dollars to be spent for maintaining a “segregated campus space” for certain races excluding other races, he better seek another job !
    I’ve read the demands, and am in disbelief that there are actually “students” allowed entry into MY alma mater, Arizona State University who are openly racist and segregationist !
    I expect Dr. Crowe to address this issue soon, identifying these students, and explaining his response to their demands.
    I certainly encourage President Crowe and his advisors and directors to deny these demands and disallow a “safe space” for racist haters. We as a Nation have survived segregation and “separate but equal” ! I do not expect ASU to formally, or informally, allow such racist pressure from these misguided students, whom taxpayers are providing education.