FIRE Quarterly: ‘From the Board of Directors’
May 31, 2007
by Emily Guidry
Like dorm bull sessions, affiliating with campus groups helps young people define their identities and beliefs. When universities committed to freedom and equality establish procedures for recognizing student groups, they need to be even-handed and respectful of groups’ purposes. To take the most common, and absurd, example, they have to let Christian groups be Christian, defined as those groups see fit. A secular university, especially a secular state university, has no place deciding which religious doctrines are legitimate for restricting group membership.
As Virginia points out, our position is that private colleges should to live up to their promises to their students. That’s why we stand here ready to assist students who believe their schools have not lived up to their mission statements and have violated students’ rights. As Virginia wrote, “Thanks to FIRE, such students need not suffer alone. The world is watching.”