Campus Roundup: The View from the Ivory Tower

University radicals' latest attacks on liberal education.

College_Campus_Walk_HCampus Roundup: The View From the Ivory Tower:

  • The regents of the University of Colorado moved to go forward with an independent survey to determine whether there is sufficient respect for political diversity on the Boulder campus. A second measure, which would have banned discrimination based on political affiliation or belief, was considered by the regents but postponed for further review.
  • Members of the University of Buffalo’s chapter of Students for Life have filed a lawsuit against the University charging that administrators violated their constitutional rights by forcing them to spend over $600 on unnecessary security for a campus event because university officials deemed it “controversial.”
  • An instructor at Florida Atlantic University, who was barred from campus last fall after instructing students in his class to write the word “Jesus” on a piece of paper and then step on it, has been rehired by the university. Administrators came to the conclusion that the instructor had done nothing wrong.
  • Foundation for Individual Rights co-founder Harvey Silvergate has released his picks for the 16th Annual “Campus Muzzle” awards – the campuses in New England featuring the worst record on free speech. Among his picks for this year are Yale University, which was singled out because its leaders “cheerfully accepted restrictions of academic and political freedom on its new Singapore campus” and Tufts University, which refused to allow the Tufts Christian Fellowship to enact standards requiring candidates for leadership to follow “basic Biblical truths of Christianity.”

Further News from the Campuses:

CU Regents Approve Political Diversity Climate Survey [Boulder Daily Camera]

The University of Colorado regents approved a measure Thursday requiring an independent climate survey to help determine whether the school respects political diversity.

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Yale, NYU Get an ‘F’ in Academic Freedom [The College Fix]

It is the worst kind of hypocrisy to see a radical liberal administrators of elite U.S. universities, the type who normally speak of nothing but “tolerance” and “diversity,” turn around and throw all those principles out the window in order to expand among the most corrupt, and illiberal regimes of the world.

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FAU Professor in Jesus-Stomping Controversy Reinstated, Will Teach Online Courses [Daily Caller]

The Florida Atlantic University professor who was placed on administrative leave over a now-infamous Jesus-stomping assignment now has his job back.

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Supreme Court Sends Affirmative Action Case Back to Lower Court, Keeps Challenge Alive []

The Supreme Court on Monday sent a major challenge to affirmative action back to the lower court, leaving the issue unresolved for at least another year. In a 7-1 decision, the court technically ruled against the University of Texas, which was facing a challenge from a white woman who sought to overturn the school's use of race-based affirmative action.

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University at Buffalo Charged Pro-Life Student Group $650 in 'Unconstitutional Fees,' Lawsuit Alleges []

How much does free speech cost?

The University at Buffalo charged a pro-life student group nearly $650 in “unconstitutional fees” to exercise its freedom of speech during an event in April, a lawsuit alleges.

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Inside the Environmentalist Echo Chamber [Dartmouth Review]

If you haven’t yet encountered the divestment movement, you will soon. Ever since its inception in the pages of The Rolling Stone last summer, it has crept up on college campuses throughout the nation, leaving bewildered administrators and conservatives in its wake.

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Victory for Academic Freedom: Wisconsin Governor Vetoes Unconstitutional Ban on Faculty Speech []

Yesterday, in a victory for academic freedom, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker issued a line-item veto to strike an unconstitutional ban on faculty speech and research from the Wisconsin state budget. A late addition to the budget proposal, the broad, vague ban would have prohibited University of Wisconsin faculty “from doing any work related to” the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism, a nonpartisan nonprofit organization.

Silenced on Campus: The College Muzzles [The Portland Phoenix]

If freedom of speech, the right to associate with whomever one might wish, and other constitutionally protected liberties had a home, you would think that it would be on the nation's college campuses. But that assumption, sad to say, is dead wrong. As this list drawn from campuses around New England demonstrates, liberty — as defined by the American constitutional tradition — is under constant assault.

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Public University Unfairly Raising Grades of Black Students, Say Three Former Faculty Members []

School administrators at Winston-Salem State University (WSSU) are systematically raising the final grades of African-American students, three ex-faculty members told Campus Reform last month.

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Conservatives Seek New Groups Inspired by Federalist Society in Graduate Schools []

A new conservatism is beginning to emerge on some college campuses, spurred in part by opposition to President Barack Obama's signature health care law.

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