Codes and Committees Replacing Responsible Judgment on Campus

Bill McGurn has a poignant essay in the Wall Street Journal on the sexual politics of college administrations. An excerpt:

What an odd place this is making our campuses. On the one hand, we have more Take Back the Nights, more sensitivity courses, and more performances of the Vagina Monologues than we’ve ever had. On the other hand, the same people who give us these things keep telling us the problem they are designed to fix is getting worse. Earlier this month at the University of New Hampshire, Vice President Joe Biden announced that this administration’s answer will be more Title IX “guidelines.”

Some say we’re in this mess because of the collapse of traditional sexual morality. Manifestly, when society’s most educated members take the view that the only issue in what they see as a purely mechanical act is whether the involved were consenting, you’re in for trouble. Nevertheless, the real threat to civility and common decency is this: the substitution of codes and committees for responsible adults exercising humanity and judgment.

h/t: Minding the Campus.