"Northwestern had no legal reason to disassociate from the Tannenbaum House. The University knew that its proffered reasons [serving alcohol to minors and serving alcohol by a campus organization, both violations of university policy] were specious and based upon innuendo and falsehood," Chabad's complaint reads – even though its rabbi has already admitted that he did, in fact, repeatedly and regularly serve alcohol to minors.
Northwestern University no longer recognizes Chabad as a campus organization, and Chabad's rabbi, Dov Hillel Klein, is no longer an official university chaplain because Chabad got caught serving alcohol – including whiskey and vodka – to minors in violation of Illinois law and university policy.
Chabad and Klein are suing Northwestern for violating Chabad's civil rights.
The complaint filed by Chabad in Federal court earlier this month contains the following language:
"Northwestern had no legal reason to disassociate from the Tannenbaum House. The University knew that its proffered reasons were specious and based upon innuendo and falsehood. The reasons offered for that disassociation were wholly pretextual and meant to single out Chabad against all other faiths for removal from Northwestern University. Even if the reasons offered for that disassociation were not false, many other campus organizations including religious organizations, had committed the same acts for which Rabbi Klein stood falsely accused. The University was aware of this, and chose only to disassociate with Chabad. Those actions constituted discriminatory and disparate treatment taken solely on the basis of Rabbi Klein’s, LCI’s and the Tannenbaum Chabad House’s affiliation with Chabad Chassidism. Northwestern University would not have taken this action if Plaintiffs were not adherents of Chabad Chassidism."
The university's "proffered reasons" were serving alcohol to minors and serving by a campus organization, which are both violations of university policy. Additionally serving alcohol to minors is illegal in Illinois.
Students who support Chabad have said publicly that Chabad regularly served alcohol and that it did not card.
And Chabad's rabbi, Dov Hillel Klein admitted this in an interview with the Daily Northwestern, claiming that as a religious organization serving alcohol during a religious service – Shabbat dinners – was legal, and therefore the university's policy against serving alcohol to minors could not apply to it.
In other words, Klein – the man who served the alcohol to underage students – lied in his federal court complaint by claiming that Northwestern's "proffered reasons were specious and based upon innuendo and falsehood."
Here is the entire complaint by Klein and Chabad as a PDF file:
Klein and Chabad also filed a petition with the federal court for a temporary restraining order to prevent the university from banning Klein from performing various official functions. The court will deal with the petition late next month. Here it is as a PDF file: