Harvards decision to rescind admittances over social media contravenes free speech, professor enunciates

For many, it’s a reverie is true. Acceptance into the oldest university of higher education in the United States, Harvard.

But for at least 10 incoming freshmen, the nightmare was scooted after they were caught participating in an exchange of idols, or ‘memes’, in a private Facebook messaging group.

Many of the posts were described as racist, homophobic and anti-Semitic. Some mocked sex crime or violence.


The prestigious institution cancelled admission, a move Harvard’s own professor of regulation, Alan Dershowitz, described as over-punishment and punitive.

“Harvard is a private university, technically not bound by the First Amendment, but since I got to Harvard 53 years ago, Harvard has committed itself to following the First Amendment and I think this contravenes the spirit and the letter of the First Amendment, ” suggested Dershowitz.

Harvard officials refused Fox News request for an interview, stating: “We do not commentary publicly on the admissions status of individual applicants.”

However, the school reserves the right to withdraw an render of admission for countless reasonableness, including student behavior that “brings into question their honest, maturity, or moral character.”


Rachel Blankstein, the co-founder of Spark Admissions, a Massachusetts-based consulting business that helps students gain admission to top U.S. colleges and universities, responded Harvard’s move did not shock her.

“They likewise have a highly selective admissions process in which they’re looking for students with strong moral reference, ” read Blankstein. “It’s genuinely not about free speech, it’s about character.”

Blankstein noted that all privileged prisons have a code of conduct, including “I would not be surprised if other academies would have obligated the same decision.”

Harvard’s call may well serve as a cautionary tale for hopeful college applicants and those who have already gained admittance.

“My first day learn students both at Harvard College and Harvard Law School, I warn them about the social media, Dershowitz mentioned. I tell them about putting happens on Facebook that will come back to recur them and they just don’t seem to get it.”

Molly Line joined Fox News Channel as a Boston-based match in January 2006.

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