Zachary Wood, a student at Williams College, told the Senate Judiciary Committee that conservative students feel they will be punished for their views by their professors.
Zachary Wood, a student at Williams College, told the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday that conservative students at Williams College feel they will be punished by their professors if they express their political views.
Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) asked Wood to expand on comments he made during his opening remarks that students at Williams with minority political views feel silenced in the classroom.
“Yes, sir. So at Williams College often times it’s conservatives on campus who feel as though they can’t express their views,” Wood told Grassley. “I’ve talked to a number of students individually who have told me that they feel as though, in certain classes, if they were to express their political views … they would be either strongly disliked or they would receive disapproval from their professors for simply stating their beliefs.”
Wood concluded by telling Grassley, “I’ve tried to encourage them to do it, but I understand that it’s very difficult when you feel as though it could affect the way in which your professor views you and sees you, as someone who is only trying to make the most of your education.”
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