In February 2008, MSA WSU vice president (and WSU student-government officer) Mohammad “Moody” Kassem prominently posted an online poll on the Wright State student-government website, asking: “If you are of Islamic faith, would you utilize a permanent [on-campus] prayer room?” Kassem then began contacting Muslims all over the United States -- i.e., people with no ties to Wright State University or its local community -- and asking them to participate in this poll. His expressed intent was to use the poll results as leverage with which to persuade the WSU provost to establish a permanent, private Islamic prayer room on campus. This email was disseminated well beyond WSU's service area, and it rapidly yielded hundreds of affirmative responses.
Patrick Poole, executive director of Central Ohioans Against Terrorism, contacted Kassem two days after he had posted his online poll to ask why he (Kassem) had used responses from people with no connection to WSU as evidence of strong support for the construction of an Islamic prayer room on campus. The poll was moved off the student government's main webpage within an hour of Poole’s email to Kassem, though it did continue to run elsewhere on the site. Poole, however, received no formal reply from Kassem or MSA WSU.