As a result of a) the willingness of university administrators to cover up the situation, and b) the unwillingness of most threatened groups to seek legal recourse, the situation has now gotten worse. Now, the unconstitutional assault on student groups has spread to at least one other campus in the UNC system. Enter UNC-Wilmington.Last week, the UNCW Office of Student Organizations informed the College Republicans that they would be de-recognized if they did not incorporate the university's non-discrimination clause into their constitution. To make matters worse, all student groups are also being required to agree to "adhere to all University rules, regulations, and policies as well as to all local, state and federal laws." This broad provision now brings political affiliation into the mix.
Apparently, all in the name of "tolerance" and "inclusion," the College Republicans will now have to admit Democrats, the Young Democrats will have to admit Republicans, and the Jewish Student Group will have to admit Nazis. But at least there will be no more "exclusion" on the basis of political affiliation.
Walter Williams was certainly correct to urge a funding boycott of universities that claim to promote tolerance while in reality doing just the opposite, often unconstitutionally. I agree with his assertion that we need to close our pocketbooks and quit writing checks to such universities. But if we only do that, the universities won't necessarily know that they are being boycotted and why.
So this afternoon I'm writing a check to my university in the amount of zero dollars and zero cents. On that little line designated "for" (or "memo"), I am writing the words "tolerance" and "diversity." I intend to repeat this ritual every month until they stop depriving students of their basic constitutional rights.
If your university is violating students' First Amendment rights, you have a moral obligation to reach for your checkbook and do the same. Remember, it won't cost you a penny. But it may teach some lawless college administrator a valuable lesson.
Mike Adams (firstname.lastname@example.org ) is an associate professor at UNC-Wilmington. His first book, "Welcome to the Ivory Tower of Babel," will be published in April.