Intimidated Classrooms

New York Civil Liberties Union: students can dissent in class only if professor permits

But, FIRE emphasized: "Academic freedom is not threatened by student criticism of professors' ideas. It is threatened by [professors'] disproportionate or inappropriate responses to that criticism." The NYCLU claims that the students' charge against the professors is "an assault upon principles of academic freedom and upon political speech." Whose academic freedom and free speech are being assaulted?

In a future column: Bollinger's "independent" committee of inquiry concerning the student charges.

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