Monday, March 05, 2007

OSD Approves Students for a Free Marketplace of Ideas

Marquette’s Office of Student Development has approved the Constitution of Students for a Free Marketplace of Ideas.

The approval came after OSD rejected a local chapter of Students for Academic Freedom, claiming it infringed on the “academic freedom” of faculty. Students for Academic Freedom submitted a Constitution that proposed that “note and object to” bias in all kinds of activities at Marquette, including teach-ins, faculty conferences, reading lists, and speakers’ programs.

OSD believed any such criticism should not be allowed.

The Constitution of Students for a Free Marketplace of Ideas is sanitized, with the sorts of free expression that OSD objected to removed.

Note the huge irony here: Marquette approved Students for a Free Marketplace of Ideas with the stipulation that a whole wide range of ideas, inconvenient for ideologically biased faculty and administrators, cannot be expressed.

The organization still has to be approved by Marquette Student Government. Such approval appears likely.

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