My question to Phil Hanlon about intellectual diversity at Dartmouth seems to have struck a chord, and not just among Power Line readers. As I left the event, a number of random alumni thanked me for the question and said they weren’t satisfied with Hanlon’s answer. And this morning I received several emails from Dartmouth friends who were at the event, and who aren’t strongly conservative, expressing the same sentiments.
However, I may have been too quick to criticize Hanlon’s idea of perhaps using “professionals” in sexual harassment cases at Dartmouth. A reader who teaches at an institution not unlike Dartmouth writes:
I wonder if you misunderstand what your [president] meant by bringing in professionals. At [the college where I teach], this means hiring a private investigator to gather information about both parties that would help to resolve the dispute by introducing new evidence about the behavior of both parties that might flesh out the case. When I raised similar questions about our procedures, this is what our president told me we do. He said it had resulted in some charges being dropped.
I remain worried that the use of professionals selected by Dartmouth administrators would skew the process in favor of the accuser. But in the interest of fairness, I wanted to pass along what our reader, who unlike me is on the ground in academia, told me.