Peter Wood Adds to ‘Blueprint’ Chorus in ‘Minding the Campus’

June 6, 2013

The drumbeat goes on as FIRE and numerous media outlets and commentators continue to criticize the Departments of Justice and Education for their May 9 "blueprint" mandating unconstitutional speech codes on college campuses nationwide.  Joining the chorus this week is Peter Wood, president of the National Association of Scholars, who writes for Minding the Campus. Surveying the potential damage from the federal blueprint, Wood states: I don’t expect that [the ED’s Office for Civil Rights] will voluntarily relinquish its new rules, nor will colleges and universities generally resist their implementation.  The rules, however, will be challenged in court, and it seems a pretty safe bet that, in light of their flagrant transgression against rights of free speech and due process, they will be overturned.To anticipate that defeat is, however, not much comfort for the hundreds and perhaps thousands of students and faculty members who will incur substantial expense, humiliation, and disruption to their academic careers as they face accusations under this new policy.  You can read Wood’s entire take on the matter at Minding the Campus.  And of course, if you haven’t already done so, please let the DOJ and ED know that their recent attempt to walk back the blueprint is plainly insufficient, and that they must issue an immediate retraction and clarification!

Cases:  Departments of Education and Justice: National “Blueprint” for Unconstitutional Speech Codes