President Maud Mandel has accepted the “recommendations in full” from the final report (pdf) of the Ad Hoc Committee on Inquiry and Inclusion, chaired by Professor Jana Sawicki. Consistent with our prediction from November and following the advice we laid out in February, academic freedom has returned to Williams. See here, here, here and here for related EphBlog discussions. Maud Mandel has now cleaned up Adam Falk’s legacy. Let’s discuss! Day 4.

One key message from the Sawicki Report: The kids are not alright. From the student survey:

20% supported speaker disinvitation

22% consider themselves or others to be disrespected or hurt when certainoutside speakers are brought to campus

19% responded that, by inviting a speaker to campus, Williams is implicitlyagreeing with that speaker’s beliefs.

It gets worse:

Is nonsense like “foolish white liberal thought” the result of poor high school educations or the fault of poisoning from social justice left Williams professors?

Maud makes the point that students today are different than students 30, perhaps even 10, years ago. They are much less committed to academic freedom. True! And shouldn’t that make us worried, both for the future of Williams and the future of the West? How long before we lose the traditional rights of every Englishman?

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