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?

David French, president of FIRE, protector of academic freedom for students too
photo: Harvey Finkle
David French, president of FIRE, protector of academic freedom for students too

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

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