A FIRE supporter has written us and noted that forced lobbying is “quite common, and apparently accepted, in Social Work schools.” He goes on to say:
At Washington University Social Work students also engaged in school-directed lobbying of the state legislature on behalf of University-approved positions as part of a course for credit.
Since Washington is a private school, such lobbying could endanger the school’s tax-exempt status. If these practices are common, it is quite possible that many other students have had their rights of conscience violated and not known that FIRE could help. If there are any other readers of this blog who know of similar cases, please report them immediately.