In a recent controversy at Dixie State University, a student group has been told that it may not use Greek letters in its name. Dixie State claims that restricting the expressive rights’ of its students is acceptable because the university has a “compelling interest” in avoiding a perception as a “party school.” Greg weighs in at the The Huffington Post today and explains how Dixie State is not alone in trampling students’ rights in attempts to undermine Greek life on campus:
Dixie State’s creative approach to keeping Greek organizations off campus is not surprising to those of us who work in student rights. Earlier this year, FIRE became involved at Trinity College in Connecticut after the administration instituted a new social code that requires opposite sex membership quotas for all campus groups and prohibits selective membership. Since most national fraternities and sororities are single-sex by charter and selective by nature, this effectively expels such organizations from campus. Trinity’s approach is one of the sneakier ways I’ve seen a college to try to placate former-Greek donors but at the same time undo the college’s Greek system. In contrast, Dixie State’s war on an entire ancient alphabet is remarkably direct.