ERIC Number: ED340818
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991
Reference Count: N/A
Hate in the Ivory Tower: A Survey of Intolerance on College Campuses and Academia's Response.
People for the American Way, Washington, DC.
A study of institutional responses to incidents of intolerance on college and university campuses was conducted. A questionnaire was sent to the deans of student affairs and student newspaper editors at 128 four-year colleges and universities; and interviews were conducted with administrators, students, faculty, and staff from 58 institutions, 11 of which were also represented by the questionnaire. The following findings are discussed: (1) campus intolerance is more widespread and more entrenched than the number of hate-motivated incidents would suggest, with 57 percent of the institutions acknowledging that intolerance posed a problems on campus; (2) many institutions exacerbate the problems of intolerance by contributing to a "culture of denial," either by not dealing with the problem at all or responding with shortsighted or ill-considered measures; and (3) colleges' immediate responses to hate-motivated incidents have been uneven, inconsistent, and frequently ineffective, with 23 percent of the schools that did report an incident stating that there was either no formal response or a very limited one. The study also reports on an approach that does not work--restricting the expression of racist and otherwise intolerant speech. This effort is not only unconstitutional but also shortsighted in that it fails to change the underlying attitudes that motivate the incidents. Included are 155 endnotes. Three appendices provide the study survey, a breakdown of the data, and a directory of materials collected at the campuses. (JB)
Descriptors: College Faculty, Discipline Policy, Educational Environment, Ethnic Bias, Freedom of Speech, Higher Education, Hostility, Institutional Research, Racial Bias, School Policy, School Surveys, Social Problems, Universities
People for the American Way, 2000 M St., N.W., #400, Washington, DC 20036 ($9.95; quantity price negotiable).
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Deer Creek Foundation, St. Louis, MO.
Authoring Institution: People for the American Way, Washington, DC.