Kaminer on University of Delaware: ‘Continuing Vigilance’ Necessary
November 7, 2007
Noted author, feminist, and civil libertarian Wendy Kaminer makes several excellent observations about FIRE’s recent victory at the University of Delaware (UD) on The Free For All, the blog she shares with FIRE co-founder Harvey Silverglate.
University of Delaware officials did not terminate this program because they suddenly realized the wrongfulness of subjecting students to mandatory thought reform. They terminated the program because it was publicly exposed, and, outside the university’s ideological bubble, it was simply indefensible.
I expect that any suspected whistleblowers will be vilified as malcontents, or conservative ideologues, and I wouldn’t be surprised if university officials started an investigation to find out who “leaked” the damning documents describing the resident life program. Restoring and preserving civil liberty at U.D. requires continuing vigilance.