There is little that will make a full-time free speech advocate prouder of his university than when the school comes out strongly in defense of free expression. Last week, in response to a protest by the campus’ registered chapter of the Traditionalist Youth Network (TYN), administrators at my alma mater, Indiana University (IU), did just that.
Though reports from my old stomping ground maintain that the group’s protest outside of a local bookstore was hateful and offensive, IU Vice President of Diversity, Equity and Multicultural Affairs James Wimbush correctly noted that members of TYN have a right to publicly express themselves.
“This is a place where we allow for the diversity of thought, the diversity of opinion,” Wimbush told the Indiana Daily Student (IDS). “We don’t necessarily agree with what this particular group is spouting. But unless they violate the Code of Conduct, unless they violate the criteria of being a group, we do allow students to exercise their First Amendment rights.”
IU Dean of Students Harold “Pete” Goldsmith echoed Wimbush’s sentiment.
“I’m very sorry that people were offended by what was chalked or what was said,” Goldsmith told the IDS. “It’s not in the spirit of ...