Professors Standing Up for Freedom of Association at Harvard

By  of FIRE

Harvard University has faced widespread criticism since its May announcement that it would sanction members of off-campus, single-gender clubs. The administration claims it’s part ofan effort to “address deeply rooted gender attitudes, and the related issues of sexual misconduct.” Now a small group of professors say that they hope the Harvard faculty adopt a motion they’ve authored which would prevent the Harvard administration from discriminating against students “on the basis of their organizational memberships.” If it passes, it may just signal hope for the future of freedom of association at Harvard.

In an op-ed published today in The Harvard Crimson, computer science professors Harry R. Lewis and Margo I. Seltzer, government professor Eric M. Nelson, and classics professor Richard F. Thomas excoriated the policy, which they called “deeply objectionable, on both substantive and procedural grounds.” (FIRE board member and Harvard biology professorRichard M. Losick is a signatory to the motion, though not today’s article.)

The op-ed offers a cogent analysis of what’s wrong with the Harvard policy—and the consequences it could have at one of the world’s most prestigious institutions. It’s worth a full read.

Read the whole story at FIRE

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