Something's rotten on campus

Something is rotten on campus — all over the country. If you want to understand what, read this disturbing article by David French in National Review Online about a college student in Texas who committed suicide after being disciplined by college administrators, and whose father is suing the university.

French is scrupulous in making clear what is known and not known about this case, and in conveying both sides of the legal argument — and in saying that of course it's impossible to know for sure why the student killed himself. But it seems clear that college administrators' violations of basic due process played a role in the tragedy. As French wrote in a December 2016 NRO article, "Universities and federal bureaucrats are together systematically violating the constitutional rights of students and professors. The stories are legion, the legal standards are unconscionable, and it's past time for other branches of American government to step in and set things right."

For a broader perspective on what federally mandated (through a 2011 "guidance" backed up by implicit threats of loss of federal funding) kangaroo courts and denial of due process in campus sexual misconduct cases, the essential source is K.C. Johnson's and Stuart Taylor's The Campus Rape Frenzy: The Attack on Due Process at America's Universities. In meticulous fashion, Johnson and Taylor set out the whole sordid story, complete with fake statistics, bogus charges and kangaroo courts. Colleges and universities, to their shame, have become the segments of our society most closed-minded and hostile to free speech.

Johnson and Stuart also wrote Until Proven Innocent: Political Correctness and the Shameful Injustices of the Duke Lacrosse Rape Case, and Taylor and Richard Sander co-authored Mismatch: How Affirmative Action Hurts Students It's Intended to Help, and Why Universities Won't Admit It. All are superb accounts of universities' and colleges' intellectual and moral corruption.

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