Higher Ed Groups Lobby Trump for More Campus Rights

Published February 1, 2017

K–12 isn’t the only education system getting a lot of attention from the new presidential administration. Two organizations devoted to higher education have begun “lobbying the Trump administration and lawmakers to correct what they see as years of over-reaching by the Obama administration,” Watchdog.org reports:

The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) sent an open letter to President Donald Trump on Inauguration Day, offering advice on how the new administration could “help protect free speech, academic freedom and due process on college campuses.”

FIRE President Greg Lukianoff included a description of the major culture problems facing today’s campuses, and provided a solution for each.

Stop Abusive and Violent Environments (SAVE) has launched a campaign calling for an end to campus “kangaroo courts.”

SAVE cites a recent example from the University of Kentucky in which a college repeatedly failed to provide due process rights to the accused, resulting in multiple hearings and mental harm to the accuser, to bolster the case for more protections for students.

The campaign will focus on lobbying lawmakers about the current state of campus hearings, and will include a media push.

Judging by his Tweets, my guess is Trump will be all for protecting free speech on college campuses and elsewhere.

SOURCE: Watchdog.org


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