The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), a Philadelphia-based organization on a mission to defend and sustain individual rights at America’s colleges and universities, released its list of 2013’s “10 Worst Colleges for Free Speech” yesterday. Making the list was St. George’s own Dixie State University.
Dixie made this annual list of collegiate Constitution violators alongside entities like Harvard University (which was named for a faculty e-mail monitoring scandal that occurred earlier this year) and the University of Alabama (which came under FIRE’s fire for a grounds-use permit policy that restricts students’ freedom of speech and right to peaceably assemble). Dixie came on FIRE’s radar for an ongoing stance against allowing sororities and fraternities to have a presence on the DSU campus – specifically because the college feels that any association with Greek letters and sorority/fraternity life promotes a “party school” image that the school has been trying to distance itself from.
Indigo Klabanoff (4th from right) with her sisters of Phi Beta Pi.
Indigo Klabanoff, a senior at DSU, began her fight for a sorority in 2012. The university offered to let her conduct her organization as a club but emphatically refused to let the group seek sorority status. Dixie State continues its anti-Greek policy and has said the only campus organizations permitted to use Greek letters are those affiliated with national honor societies.
To view FIRE’s 2013 list in its entirety, visit thefire.mobify.me/article/16612.html.
Written by Cami Cox