Intellectual Diversity on Campus

Robert Boyers, an English professor at Skidmore College, wrote a wonderful article in this week’s Chronicle of Higher Education on the necessity of intellectual diversity for a thriving campus environment and the great dangers of intellectual conformity. Boyers begins by pointing out that, while most faculty will promptly agree with the sentiments expressed in Mill’s...
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Greg Lukianoff, President and CEO of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, wrote an essay this week announcing the 10 American campuses that FIRE considers to be the “worst of the worst” for freedom of speech. According to Lukianoff, …92 percent of American colleges still maintain speech codes that either clearly restrict—or could too...

Administrators at Michigan State University have banned the use of whiteboards on dorm room doors beginning next fall. This decision follows upon “several” incidents in which racist, sexist, or otherwise objectionable messages have been written on students’ whiteboards. According to Kat Cooper, director of university residential services communications, speaking to the Detroit News, “I know...