President Faust: Restore Freedom of Association at Harvard

Since May 6, 2016, Harvard University administrators have been seeking to impose sanctions on members of fraternities, sororities, and “final clubs.” Proposals for the form these sanctions would take have ranged from barring members from receiving Rhodes and Marshall Scholarships or taking leadership positions on campus, to punishments including suspension and even expulsion.

For Harvard to punish students for their lawful, off-campus associations represents a new McCarthyism, especially since many of the supporters and architects of the policy have themselves benefited from the very freedoms they wish to strip from today’s students. This is an unacceptable attack on Harvard students' right to freedom of association that directly undermines Harvard’s core values. This illiberal assault on students’ rights must end immediately.

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