University of Delaware accused of indoctrinating students

By October 31, 2007

The University of Delaware has come under fire by a civil rights group that claims the school is trying to force dormitory residents to adopt university-approved ideologies on moral and social issues.

The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, or FIRE, said the university’s residence life education program amounts to an “Orwellian” attempt at thought control that violates students’ rights to freedom of conscience and freedom from compelled speech.

The group says they’ve “never encountered a more systematic assault upon individual liberty, dignity, privacy and autonomy of university students than this program.”

FIRE officials called for the program, whose goal is for students to attain “citizenship,” to be dismantled immediately.

According to FIRE, the university sees the program as a “treatment” for incorrect student beliefs on issues ranging from politics to race, sexuality and the environment.

UD spokesman Neil Thomas says officials are reviewing the letter.

Schools: University of Delaware