Right Wing Watch did a really interesting series of posts last week about the badly misnamed “Liberty” University, founded by Jerry Falwell. They got their hands on a copy of the Liberty U student handbook, which contains some of the most intrusive and onerous policies this side of Bob Jones. Like getting fined and reprimanded for attending a dance of any kind.
In fact, you can get that merely for “visiting alone at an off-campus residence” with a member of the opposite sex (presumably, gay students are free to break the rules — wait, what gay students?). And then there’s the mandatory drug testing of all students. I’m especially amused by the absolute ban on possession or consumption of alcoholic beverages of any kind. Didn’t their savior allegedly turn water into wine? Maybe so, but even owning a bottle of it will get you thrown out of “Liberty” U.
Of course, it’s a private university and has every right to impose whatever rules it wants on students. What I find incredible is that anyone would agree to submit to such an authoritarian regime. Then again, the students are mostly fundamentalists, so a preference for authoritarianism may be a given.