Watchdog Group Blows Whistle on Ivy League Colleges for Silencing Students

Watchdog Group Blows Whistle on Ivy League Colleges for Silencing Students

( – For several decades, colleges and universities came under criticism for restricting the free speech of students and faculty, who were far from alone. Schools also censored conservative speakers who genuinely wanted to discuss current issues and their relevance to politics and life in America.

On Wednesday, February 2, the non-profit Foundation of Individual Rights in Education announced it released its 10 Worst Colleges for Free Speech. In 2011, the organization named 80 schools in 33 states for censoring free speech and faculty rights. Due to the enormity of the problem, it’s not easy to make the list. The organization reserves the special title for the worst offenders of free speech rights.

Schools making the list this year include:

  • Stanford University
  • Georgetown University
  • Boise State
  • University of Florida
  • University of North Carolina
  • Emerson College
  • University of Illinois-Chicago
  • Collin College
  • Tarleton State University
  • Linfield University

Stanford made the list after the student government refused to fund a lecture by former Vice President Mike Pence. Ultimately, the school reversed the decision, but the damage was done. The non-profit added Georgetown University after an incoming professor criticized President Joe Biden’s pledge to only consider the nomination of a Black woman to the US Supreme Court in the wake of Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer’s impending retirement.

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