The FIRE (Foundation for Individual Rights in Education) reports that Harvard University is henceforth blacklisting independent, single-sex, off-campus organizations from Rhodes and Marshall scholarships and from leadership of on-campus organizations or athletic teams.
Harvard President Drew Gilpin Faust announced that next year, at the recommendation of controversial Dean Rakesh Khurana, members of fraternities, sororities, and “final clubs” will begin to be denied these opportunities in an effort to foster “inclusion” and “address deeply rooted gender attitudes.” These organizations, independent from Harvard since 1984, operate as off-campus entities and do not receive any recognition or benefit from the university. And yet Harvard presumes the right to punish involvement in those organizations.
Robert Shibley, executive director of FIRE, which defends freedom of association on campus, said
“Outrageously, Harvard has decided that 2016 is the right time to revive the blacklist. This year’s undesirables are members of off-campus clubs that don’t match Harvard’s political preferences. In the 1950s, perhaps Communists would have been excluded. I had hoped that universities were past the point of asking people, ‘Are you now, or have you ever been, a member of a group we don’t like?’ Sadly, they are not.”
Harvey Silverglate, FIRE co-founder, civil liberties attorney, and Harvard Law alumnus, added that
“Harvard’s decision simply demonstrates that it is willing to sacrifice students’ basic freedom of association to the whims of whoever occupies the administrative suites today. Who’s to say that Harvard’s leaders five years from now won’t decide that Catholics or Republicans should be blacklisted because they might not line up with Harvard’s preferred values?”
Read more about Dean Khurana's politically correct mission of targeting Harvard "final clubs" here.