Wayne Clough, the President of Georgia Institute of Technology, seems to be making the same argument nearly every college administrator makes when I expose First Amendment violations at the college or university he (or she) is supposed to be running. That argument consists of five words:
“Liar! Liar! Pants on fire!”
In response to my recent column “Colleges to Avoid, Part II,” Clough stated – to a Tech alumnus - that I am “confused” on a number of issues and that I have reported facts that the university is unable to “verify.” In addition to expressing “disappointment” that alumni would believe my article, Clough laments my lack of “courtesy” for not contacting the school with my “concerns.” This, he suggests, should have been done before writing my column. All of this is intended to demonstrate Georgia Tech’s zero tolerance policy towards censorship.
Unless I am still “confused,” this column should help Georgia Tech to verify criticisms and “concerns” raised in my previous column. I will also offer advice on how to clean up the “diversity wreck a Georgia Tech” that has caused so much embarrassment for concerned Yellow Jacket alumni. I call these recommendations my “free speech recs for Georgia Tech.”
The most important point from my previous column concerns Georgia Tech’s clear violation of the Supreme Court case Wisconsin v. Southworth (2000). This case requires “viewpoint neutrality” in the distribution of mandatory student fees at all public institutions.
Recommendation #1. Read Southworth and distribute a copy of the case to all Georgia Tech administrators who are involved in the allocation of mandatory student fees. Also provide a copy for every member of the student government. If this is too difficult, send a single memo (perhaps via email) explaining the Southworth rule to the entire university community.
It is worth noting that President Clough copied the student newspaper in his terse response to my column – the same response that characterizes me as “confused.” This was a serious mistake.