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Harvard University and the University of California at Berkeley are used to being ranked among America’s top colleges, but a ranking issued by a campus watchdog on Monday isn’t much to write home about.
Both schools are included on the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education’s annual list of the 10 worst colleges for free speech.
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The foundation’s executive director, Robert Shibley, said students, faculty and administrators are going to “greater and greater lengths to justify muzzling expression on campus.”
“This type of censorship makes for a sterile environment where lively debate and discussion can’t thrive,” Mr. Shibley said in a statement. “The public deserves to know which colleges will defend free expression — and which ones will go to seemingly any length to silence it.”
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Rounding out the top 10 in no particular order are Fordham University in New York City; Albion College in Michigan; Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington; Drexel University in Philadelphia; Northwestern University in Evanston, Illionis; Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York; Los Angeles Community College District; and Texas State University in San Marcos.
Harvard, which makes its fourth appearance on the list since 2012, is on track to implement a policy this semester blacklisting off-campus, single-gender groups such as sororities, fraternities and finals clubs.
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Under the policy, members of single-gender clubs are ineligible for certain academic honors, such Rhodes and Marshall scholarships, and are banned from leadership positions of on-campus organizations and athletic teams.
The elite university in Cambridge, Massachusetts, also rescinded offers of admission from 10 incoming students who shared offensive jokes in a private Facebook group.
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Students at Berkeley earned their institution a spot on the list last February, when they violently protested a scheduled lecture by former Breitbart editor Milo Yiannopoulos. Protesters set fires, hurled Molotov cocktails, smashed storefront windows and used poles to beat students who tried...
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