The Shadow University: The Betrayal of Liberty on America's Campuses

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Universities once believed themselves to be sacred enclaves, where students and professors could debate the issues of the day and arrive at a better understanding of the human condition. Today, sadly, this ideal of the university is being quietly betrayed from within. Universities still set themselves apart from American society, but now they do so by enforcing their own politically correct worldview through censorship, double standards, and a judicial system without due process. Faculty and students who threaten the prevailing norms may be forced to undergo "thought reform". In a surreptitious aboutface, universities have become the enemy of a free society, and the time has come to hold these institutions to account.

"The Shadow University" is a stinging indictment of the covert system of justice on college campuses, exposing the widespread reliance on kangaroo courts and arbitrary punishment to coerce students and faculty into conformity. Alan Charles Kors and Harvey A. Silverglate, staunch civil libertarians and active defenders of free inquiry on campus, lay bare the totalitarian mindset that undergirds speech codes, conduct codes, and "campus life" bureaucracies, through which a cadre of deans and counselors indoctrinate students and faculty in an ideology that favors group rights over individual rights, sacrificing free speech and academic freedom to spare the sensitivities of currently favored groups.

From Maine to California, at public and private universities alike, liberty and fairness are the first casualties as teachers and students find themselves in the dock, presumed guilty until proven innocent and often forbidden to cross-examine their accusers. Kors and Silverglate introduce us to many of those who have firsthand experience of the shadow university, including:

The student at the center of the 1993 "Water Buffalo" case at the University of Pennsylvania, who was brought up on charges of racial harassment after calling a group of rowdy students "water buffalo"-- even though the term has no racial connotations.

The Catholic residence adviser who was fired for refusing, on grounds of religious conscience, to wear a symbol of gay and lesbian causes.

The professor who was investigated for sexual harassment when he disagreed with campus feminists about curriculum issues.

The student who was punished for laughing at a statement deemed offensive to others and who was ordered to undergo "sensitivity training" as a result.

"The Shadow University" unmasks a chilling reality for parents who entrust their sons and daughters to the authority of such institutions, for thinking people who recognize that vigorous debate is the only sure path to truth, and for all Americans who realize that when even one citizen is deprived of liberty, we are all diminished.

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Linda Chavez "President, Center for Equal Opportunity, and former director of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights Alan Charles Kors and Harvey A. Silverglate tell a chilling tale of university administrators turned Grand Inquisitors, of students and faculty stripped of their basic due process rights, of a freshman orientation system intended to indoctrinate and intimidate. They expose higher education's underbelly: the assault on liberty and true academic freedom (waged in the name of political correctness and group rights) that is occurring at so many of our nation's colleges and universities. Kors and Silverglate document precisely how inhospitable campuses are today to the pursuit of knowledge and the debate of ideas.

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At the end of the 20th century, something profoundlydisturbing is happening to higher education in America. Universities now enforce a politically correct agenda through censorship, double standards, and kanagroo courts. Faculty and students who dissent from the new orthodoxy are stripped of their civil liberties, some even forced to undergo intrusive and partisan "sensitivity training." Universities have become the enemy of a free society. This book is a stinging indictment and exposure of injustices and coerced conformity on college campuses. The book explains the utopian and totalitarian ideology underlying the new speech and behavioral codes, a worldview that favors group over individual rights and that would sacrifice freedom and equality before the law on behalf of its political goals. The book also offers a legal, strategic, and moral blueprint for restoring liberty at our colleges and universities. The book exposes a state of affairs that will shock anyone who considers free speech, equal justice under law, respect for conscience, and fairness to be at once the foundations and bulwark of American liberty.

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