Mike Adams

Sheppard’s letter also informed Mr. Park that he was officially charged with “failing to respect the rights of others and to refrain from behavior that impairs the university’s purpose or its reputation in the community,” violating the “university’s anti-harassment policy,” “failure to comply with the directions of a university administrator,” “conduct or a pattern of conduct that harasses a person or a group,” and “intimidation.”

Informed of the charges against him, Mr. Park was ready to go to trial.

A few days later, the Student Conduct Board held a hearing to discuss the charges against Park. Later in November, Park received a notice from Sheppard stating that he had been found responsible on all of the “charges” against him.

Here is where the matter stands:

  1. Park faces suspension from the university until January 2008;
  2. During this time he cannot set foot on campus;
  3. Park must complete 300 hours of community service;
  4. Park has been assigned to read 12 books and write a reflection paper on each;
  5. Park must attend a workshop on diversity and race relations.

Fortunately, the committee stopped just short of making Park sit in the back of the bus when he relies on public transportation.

Johns Hopkins President William Brody (410-516-8068; wrbrody@jhu.edu) has been contacted by the invaluable Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE, see www.TheFIRE.org). FIRE reminded Brody that the severe treatment of Park is inconsistent with its Student Conduct Code, which explicitly states that students must “protect the university as a forum for the free expression of ideas.”

Decent citizens must call or write to remind Brody of the true meaning of the skeleton that hangs in the Sigma Chi house. It is not a monument to racism. It is a symbol of what happens to students who dare to poke fun at the official religion of John Hopkins University. That religion is political correctness. And every day at Hopkins is a Holy day of worship.

Mike Adams

Mike Adams is a criminology professor at the University of North Carolina Wilmington and author of Letters to a Young Progressive: How To Avoid Wasting Your Life Protesting Things You Don't Understand.