Yale University

He’s been targeted for “disinvitation” from campus gigs, with some universities less cowardly than others.

But Yale University’s William F. Buckley Jr. program gave political pundit George Will his due last week, precisely because he’s been deemed too offensive to be heard by so many delicate flowers in the quad.

Speaking to the program’s first annual “disinvitation dinner,” Will warned that students are increasingly demanding “the right to an emotionally, intellectually comfortable living,” as the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education notes.

Will gave props to FIRE’s president, Greg Lukianoff, as “a genuine hero of our times” for fighting threats to speech on campus and credited his book Unlearning Liberty “as the source of many of the examples of censorship cited throughout his speech.”

The speech recounted incidents as varied as a student employee found guilty of racial harassment for “reading a book about the Ku Klux Klan” and a professor (caught on video) physically attacking a pro-life activist after stealing her protest sign, FIRE says.

The next line of attack on campus speech is more subtle, Will pointed out: The Supreme Court is considering a case over “specialty license plates” that could give schools more authority over “student and faculty expression that involves university procedures.”

Read FIRE’s post on the “Disinvitation Dinner.”

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Back on January 26, The College Fix reported on a situation involving New York Times columnist Charles Blow’s son and Yale University.

Blow’s son Tahj appeared to match the description of a burglar who had been reported in the area. A Yale police officer stopped Tahj at gunpoint, and the department detained him briefly.

The elder Blow took to Twitter to lambaste the Yale PD, stating, among other things, that he has “NO PATIENCE for ppl trying to convince me that the fear these young blk men feel isn’t real.”

Blow neglected to note that the officer who detained his son is black. The head of the Yale PD is also black.

Now, the Yale Police Benevolent Association, “an independent union [that] represents YPD officers,” is dismayed at the Yale administration’s response, claiming “it created a presumption of guilt.”

The Yale Daily News reports:

References to incidences where unarmed men were killed by police officers was disproportional, and had “no place” in a discussion of a simple burglary investigation, the [YPBA] statement said.

Defending the actions of the police officer who drew his weapon, the YPBA argued that the administration’s reaction “has a chilling effect on officer safety and may yield a consequence that results in the death or serious physical injury of one of our officers.”

“We completely support our officer in his actions,” a statement from the YPBA read. “Yale needs to unequivocally support its police officers when their actions are reasonable and appropriate; not sacrifice them for political expediency.”

The statement further noted that the officer’s decision to draw his gun was in fact in line with the “reasonable officer standard of review.” The University’s investigation into the event, it suggested, should therefore find the officer’s actions justified.

In condemning the administration’s reaction, the YPBA’s statement argued that the University responded to the incident in the way it did because of public optics.

The YPBA statement also asked if Yale would have reacted similarly had Tahj Blow not been “the son of an influential newspaper columnist and television commentator.”

Read the full article.

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Three swastikas were found just outside a Yale University dorm over the weekend – and just a month ago similar graffiti was found inside a different dorm on campus.

“I am saddened to report that three swastikas were chalked on the sidewalk outside of Durfee Hall on the Old Campus Sunday night, October 12th. Attempts were made to remove these troubling images, but some faint impressions remain,” Yale College Dean Jonathan Holloway wrote in an email to the campus community on Monday night, reports Truth Revolt.

“I condemn this shameful defacement, perpetrated anonymously under cover of night,” Holloway added. “The swastika, appropriated by the Nazis in the last century as an emblem of anti-Semitism, is particularly offensive and disrespectful toward the Jewish members of our community, but, in truth, it insults us all.”

The Yale Daily News reports that “Sunday’s incident comes just over a month after several swastikas were discovered drawn on white boards inside of Vanderbilt Hall,” another dormitory.

Late Monday and into the early Tuesday hours, some students responded by making a makeshift vigil to stand against the symbols:

In an effort to display student support for Yale’s Jewish community, the three students — Javier Cienfuegos ’15, William Genova ’15 and Sebastian Medina-Tayac ’16, a former staff reporter for the News — started drawing a chalk mural reiterating Holloway’s admonition of hate outside of Durfee Hall.

By 12:30 a.m. Tuesday morning, a group of 15 students had collected outside Durfee. They were passing out chalk to passers-by, inviting them to draw hearts and peace signs under the statement “There is no hate in this house,” a direct quote from Holloway’s email.

A number of different campus groups, ranging from Students Unite Now to the Yale Track and Field Team, affixed their names to the mural.

Read the full article.

RELATED: Jewish college students under assault at campuses across America

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New York University latest to mandate ‘Affirmative Consent’ sex policy

New York University this week became the latest campus to impose a new policy on students that requires them to obtain verbal or physical confirmation that both parties agreed to have sex, so-called “affirmative consent” that must be somehow maintained and verified throughout the duration of sexual intercourse.

The new policy, which went into effect Tuesday, came just two days after Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law a bill that made California the first in the nation to require such consent for sex on college campuses that receive public funding in the state.

“Consent is the affirmative agreement to engage in a specific sexual activity with another person,” states the new NYU policy. “Consent requires an outward demonstration, through mutually understandable words or actions, indicating that an individual has freely chosen to engage in a sexual activity.”

The NYU policy does not offer specific examples of what those “mutually understandable words or actions” might be. Nor does California’s new law, with one of the assemblywomen who sponsored the bill, when asked how a student might prove they gained consent, replied: “Your guess is as good as mine.”

“Unless an accused student had videotapes of all sexual encounters (and thus violates other provisions of California law), it’s hard to see how he could prove that he obtained affirmative consent, much less on an ongoing basis,” notes Professor KC Johnson at Minding the Campus.

But California and New York University join other colleges that have imposed such standards for years. The International Business Times reports Yale University imposed the affirmative consent standard in 2011, which prompted so much confusion the school ended up publishing a list of hypothetical consent scenarios for students.

Other colleges that have maintained affirmative consent policies for several years include Antioch College, which is a small liberal arts college in Ohio, as well as Gettysburg College, St. Louis University, and the University of Iowa, with that school’s consent defined as “a freely and affirmatively communicated willingness to participate in particular sexual activity or behavior, expressed either by words or clear, unambiguous actions,” the Times reports.

“Though many mocked Antioch College for its 1993 policy requiring students to provide explicit consent at ‘each stage of intimacy,’ it turns out the school was ahead of its time,” Minding The Campus reports, adding: “Expect many more states, and possibly the federal government, to follow suit.”

At NYU, the policy’s consent definition adds: “Silence, passivity, or the absence of resistance” do not imply consent, and that relying on these forms of nonverbal communication may result in a violation of the policy.

“It is important not to make assumptions; if confusion or ambiguity arises during a sexual interaction, it is essential that each participant stops and clarifies, verbally, the willingness to continue,” the definition reads.

In a prepared statement, the university said that consultation with “nationally recognized experts in the field” helped develop the policy aimed to “further reduce incidents and enhance our response to incidents of sexual misconduct.”

College Fix reporter Michael Cipriano is a student at American University.

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A video released Thursday of Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s recent speech at Yale University included a shocking revelation from the global women’s rights activist and outspoken critic of Islam: At one point in her young life she considered herself a member of the Muslim Brotherhood.

She couched this admission in a much larger explanation of how and why radical Islam is oppressive and breeds violence, and to explain how she knows personally that it does.

She’s been accused of being angry at Islam. She’s been accused of not being an expert on Islam. She’s been accused of not understanding Islam.

But in her speech that the Yale Muslim Student Association didn’t want her to give, she delves into her Islamic credentials and exposes what she calls “the cancer” of Islam:

Why is my experience relevant? Is it because I was raised a Muslim? Is it because I was married off or had my genitals cut? No.

Is my experience relevant because my citizenship in Holland was revoked? No. Is it because I am traumatized, because I am angry, and I decided to blame my family and my past? No. I am not angry, I have been happy for a very long time and I am not blaming anyone.

I’ll tell you why (my life experience) is relevant to what we are seeing now. I learned from my early teachers of Islam that to be a Muslim was to testify that there is no God but Allah and Mohammad is his messenger. I learned to pray five times a day. … To give alms to the poor and to attempt at least one trip to Mecca.

She goes on to say that the typical Muslim is peaceful and loving. But when she was 15, a different type of instructor came along who differed from the instructors of her youth. These new teachers created an “enlightened vanguard” of Muslim students who were taught that neglecting religious duty makes them an infidel, that their duty is to command right and forbid wrong. These teachers made students vigilantes, and she recalled one such “preacher teacher” in particular:

He preached like all the others, incessantly about hell. … He encouraged us to be relentless in enforcing the rules of Islam … for the stubborn who refused to obey and observe, we were to cut ties with them … he encouraged us to convert non-Muslims or cut ties with them. … Jihad – we were to wage Jihad for the sake of Islam. Martyrdom, the best thing to ever happen to us was to die while fighting for Allah. We were to strive for the establishment of Sharia law in our society and beyond … be suspicious of Christians if they refused to convert to Islam … and aspire to destroy the Jews, all Jews, not only the ones in Israel. The preacher teacher would rant against gays, they were to be hanged, and women were to know their place … their place was at home (and they were to) sacrifice everything, even life and the lives of their children for the sake of Allah. … We were supposed to cover ourselves from head to toe when running errands outside the home.

This process of indoctrination that I describe, that affected me, I considered myself once a member of the Muslim Brotherhood, it’s this the process of indoctrination that I have seen from up close and personal that makes my experience relevant. It’s this process of indoctrination that is overlooked. We focus on the Jihad, the violence, but we ignore the Dahoa, we ignore the years and years and years of preaching.

Dahoa in the West is protected under religious freedom, but Jihad is not. We have to rethink that. Dahoa leads to intolerance, and eventually violence. This preaching teacher … is the cancer … this preaching teacher is active in our communities here in the United States and in the U.K., and in Europe and the rest of the world. This preaching teacher is embedded in homes, streets, neighborhoods, schools, colleges and mosques and Muslim centers. … His goals are clear, and he’ll use any and all means necessary to indoctrinate young and impressionable minds with the creed of Jihad.

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Ayaan Hirsi Ali received a standing ovation at the end of her speech at Yale University on Monday night, the New Haven Register reports.

Global human rights activist Hirsi Ali is a controversial critic of Islamic extremists, after she endured forced genital mutilation and fled from an arranged marriage. Her visit had been protested by the Muslim student group at Yale in the weeks leading up to her arrival. But in the end, she bravely stood before her supporters and critics and said what she wanted to say about the religion’s violence against and oppression of women.

She drew a standing-room only crowd of 200 and “no boos nor signs of dissent” were spotted, the Register reports, adding:

Hirsi Ali began by thanking the Buckley group “for standing up for academic freedom” by inviting her to speak. … Alluding to the stance against her by Yale’s Muslim Students Association, Hirsi Ali said they had sought to “silence” her …

“My question to the Muslim students at Yale is: why do you try to silence a dissident?” Hirsi Ali asked.

And then she asked, in the wake of beheadings of other “dissidents” and suppression of women, “Why are Muslims silent? Where is the Muslim outrage?”

She added, “For Muslim women, their place is at home. They are to sacrifice everything, practice strict obedience to their fathers, grandfathers and husbands.” She said it comes down to complete control and “indoctrination.”

Hirsi Ali concluded her speech by asking: “Will you submit — or will you finally stand up to Allah?”

Read the full article.

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