Williams is accredited by the New England Association of of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). The current standards are here. Key portion:

5.23 Scholarship, research, and creative activities receive encouragement and support appropriate to the institution’s purposes and objectives. Faculty and students are accorded academic freedom in these activities.

It is a violation of the academic freedom of students to prevent them from bringing a (non-violent) speaker to campus. Is Williams in danger of losing its accreditation because it now picks and chooses among the speakers that it allows students to bring to campus?

The new standards (which come into effect in July) are worded differently but imply (?) the same substance. Relevant passages include:

The institution protects and fosters academic freedom for all faculty regardless of rank or term of appointment.

The institution is committed to the free pursuit and dissemination of knowledge. It assures faculty and students the freedom to teach and study, to examine all pertinent data, to question assumptions, and to be guided by the evidence of scholarly research.

If a faculty member (and I bet that Uncomfortable Learning could find at least one!) issues a new invitation to Derbyshire and the College insists on banning him, then there is no doubt that this would be an infringement of academic freedom.

Leftist readers will no doubt recall something from Saul Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals.

“Make the enemy live up to its own book of rules.” If the rule is that every letter gets a reply, send 30,000 letters. You can kill them with this because no one can possibly obey all of their own rules.

Can the College live up the rules of its own accreditation organization? I hope so!

The Record ought to call NEASC and ask some questions . . .

Side question: What is the closest Eph connection to either Alinsky or Rules for Radicals? Perhaps Wade Rathke ’71 of Acorn?

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