Texas Lawyer, 'It's a Matter of Privilege': Dallas Law School Revokes Incoming Student's Admission Over Allegedly Racist Posts:
An incoming law student’s admission to Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law in Dallas was revoked Wednesday because of alleged racially offensive social media content.
The law school did not release the student’s name or any details on the allegedly racist social media posts.
Eugene Volokh (UCLA):
I think the message the law school is trying to send, based on its statement, is precisely that it disapproves of racist speech generally, and that anyone who holds and expresses racist views is at risk of being denied admission ("Racism has no place" …). And I wonder to what extent the message that applicants will receive, whether or not it's intended, is that anyone who expresses views that administrators label "racist" (potentially quite a large category) is at similar risk. ...
One question one might ask would be this: Do you think that private law schools in the 1950s should have revoked admission of students if administrators had concluded that the students had engaged in "pro-Communist offensive behavior"? I expect some would have and did, and again they would have been legally entitled to, but my question is whether they should have.
Above the Law, Law School Offer Of Admissions Rescinded Over ‘Racially Offensive Behavior’:
The school’s decision comes as #BlackAtSMU is trending where students are sharing their own stories of racism at the university. University President R. Gerald Turner said of the trending hashtag:
“It grieves me to read them because this is not what we envision for SMU,” Turner wrote. “The negative experiences shared through #BlackAtSMU are a stark reminder that we still have a lot of work to do.”
Students were cautiously optimistic about the university’s response to #BlackAtSMU, seeing it as a first step. The law school’s decision to revoke admission to someone publicly making offensive statements seems in line with the school’s commitment to “racial equality and inclusion.”
As for the student in question, let’s hope they finally learn some consequences for their online racism.