Uncategorized | 7:55 am | June 10, 2011 | By Jordi Gassó

Op-ed argues potential DKE suspension puts free speech ‘at risk’

Almost a month after Yale College Dean Mary Miller announced the University’s intention to suspend Delta Kappa Epsilon’s chapter on campus, a debate about the “war” being waged against college fraternities continues.

In a Wednesday opinion piece for the Los Angeles Times, contributing editor to the Manhattan Institute’s Minding the Campus website Charlotte Allen argues the suspension sets a precedent that could put freedom of speech and association on college campuses “at risk.”

In addition, she refers to Yale’s decision to suspend DKE as a move within a larger national trend to outlaw fraternities and Greek life culture in universities. Allen wrote that Yale administrators could be motivated to take a hard stance against offensive speech because of the ongoing Title IX investigation into the University’s sexual climate.

“The penalty for violating Title IX is loss of federal funding, a sure incentive for universities to crack down on any form of expression that could trigger complaints,” she said.

Read Allen’s argument in full here.

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