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Cornell University - A Model of Illiberalism

John Cetta

Cornell University’s disdain for free speech, due process, and other fundamental rights has been well documented and frequently commented upon since FIRE’s founding. Eleven years ago in The Shadow University, FIRE founders Harvey Silverglate and Alan Charles Kors described the denial of due process in the McCarthy-style inquisition of renowned Cornell psychology professor James Maas. Recently, FIRE criticized Cornell administrators’ lack of respect for the most basic free speech rights when an administrator, ostensibly acting under the guise of “unwritten policy,” attempted to censor the university-approved signage of a student group based on the “content” of the display.