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Combining Cronyism and Political Correctness at the University of Texas

Yes folks, it’s true — even in conservative states, higher education has been largely captured by the forces of “progressivism.” Nearly all college and university presidents prattle away about their commitment to diversity, to saving the planet, to “enriching” the curriculum with all kinds of grievance courses, and so on. The University of Texas (UT) is no different, with leadership no different from what you’d expect in California or Massachusetts. It is also steeped in cronyism, with leaders cozying up to big donors.

In today’s Martin Center article, UT grad and lawyer Mark Pulliam exposes some dirty laundry at the university. The case involves a Title IX accusation against a male student, his exoneration by an objective fact-finder, and the reversal of that decision by UT president Gregory Fenves. Why? The accusing female student’s father is a UT big-wig — that’s why.

Then the male student, who had been branded as a sexual predator and suspended for five semesters, filed a lawsuit.

“As a result of the lawsuit,” Pulliam writes, “Fenves was scheduled to testify under oath in federal court in late November. The proceedings up to then had been conducted in relative secrecy, but that was about to change. That’s because in court Roark would be able to examine Fenves about his highly-suspect decision on the record, with the attendant public scrutiny and media coverage. Not surprisingly, neither Fenves nor UT wanted to reveal the details of this squalid tale.”

After reading about this, UT donors might think twice before writing another check.

George Leef — George Leef is the director of research for the John William Pope Center for Higher Education Policy.

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