Linda Chavez

Bowdoin's president, Barry Mills, stonewalled the report and criticism. But a year later, he has announced he is leaving Bowdoin. Dartmouth's Hanlon should read the report and take note. Bowdoin banned fraternities years ago, but binge drinking and sexual assaults didn't disappear along with the Greek system. The study is an indictment of the permissive culture that obtains not just at Bowdoin, but at most elite schools (and not a few less competitive ones) nationwide.

Dartmouth has seen a large decline in applications over the past year, down 14 percent. That's probably a good thing. Maybe it means that parents as well as prospective students are rethinking the allure of a school that marries a party atmosphere to political correctness. The cure, however, is not more sensitivity training and gender-neutral bathrooms.

If Dartmouth wants to curb drinking, how about a policy that says any underage student found with a blood alcohol level of .05 will be put on suspension and a second infraction will result in expulsion -- and mandatory expulsion for any student who provides alcohol to someone underage? Harsh, yes -- but you can bet students would be a lot more careful about their drinking habits.

As for assault, stop the drinking, and there will be fewer sexual assaults. But it also would help if student orientation sessions that emphasize the importance of consent in sexual relations spent some time exploring the negative consequences of hooking up. Pregnancy and sexually transmitted disease aren't the only things students should be protected against. The promiscuous culture rampant on university campuses leads to a coarser atmosphere and diminished happiness.

There was a time in American education when educators felt comfortable in passing along moral values to the young. Now the only thing they seem to know how to do is pass on platitudes about inclusivity.


Linda Chavez

Linda Chavez is chairman of the Center for Equal Opportunity and author of Betrayal: How Union Bosses Shake Down Their Members and Corrupt American Politics .

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