As Yale University becomes the latest university to ban student organizations from campus, campus administrators say they’re concerned about a student government that is “part of the campus.”
The Yale Daily News reports the decision is based on concerns that student organizations are “a threat to campus safety,” and that it’s “not in the best interest of the University to have these organizations.”
The campus’s president, Nicholas Christakis, told the newspaper that the university “doesn’t tolerate the formation of organizations on campus that threaten the physical safety or safety of others.”
The university’s president also told the paper that he’s “deeply concerned” that the “student-run” student government at Yale “has created a problem.”
He said the university is also “deepestly concerned about the way the student-led groups are presented to students.”
Students for Democratic Action, the student group that is the subject of the university’s new policies, called the decision “ridiculous.”
The group posted a statement on Facebook in which they called the university decision “unconstitutional” and said that the decision violates the constitutional rights of students to “adopt, maintain, and protect their rights of free speech and assembly.”
Yale student activist Rachel Dolezal, who was forced out of her job at the school following her white-supremacist statements, said she was “heartbroken” by the decision.
“I am outraged that my life is being used to advance this extreme ideology,” Dolezals statement read.
“The University of Yale is a beacon of liberal education and a beacon for students of color, women, and LGBTQIA+ individuals to learn about American history, culture, and ideas.”
“This is a step in the right direction but the university must also respect the right of students and others to engage in political expression,” Dohertys statement continued.
“There is nothing more dangerous to the well-being of our community than students who are actively engaged in a political project that is harmful to the University.”
In a statement issued by the university on Friday, the administration said it has been “working with students to explore options that will allow Yale to maintain a robust and welcoming environment for all students.”
The statement said “the University of New Haven is committed to ensuring the safety and wellbeing of all students and faculty.”
Yale President Nicholas Christakakis told The Daily News that Yale has had to adjust to a “unique situation” because of the policies.
“We have to look at the context,” he said.
“As part of that, I’ve asked the administration to examine how we might adapt to the circumstances and circumstances we find ourselves in.”