Young people and their parents are exposing the horrific conditions at colleges and universities throughout the nation.
While some educational institutions are worse than others, atrocious infringements on privacy rights and downright human rights violations aren’t just limited to a few rogue colleges and universities. They are widespread as educational institutions do everything in their power to retain draconian control over their students under the guise of “preventing the spread of COVID-19”.
Students at various universities report they are not allowed to leave their dorm rooms for any reason. Lunch is brought to them by masked university employees, and classes are conducted via Zoom. In one instance, a student reported he was not even allowed to leave his dorm room and was thus unable to have a private conversation on his phone.
At Wesleyan University, students were not permitted to have anyone help them move into their dorm rooms, creating a huge risk of accidents as young women struggled to lug heavy furniture and appliances. Locks are disabled, so students can’t enter and leave using certain doors, a dangerous move that could lead to injury or even fatalities if there were a fire, earthquake or some other emergency.
Naturally, tuition costs are rising even as universities cut services and treat their students as pariahs to be controlled and micromanaged. Students are actively encouraged to “rat each other out” remotely if they find out that young people have committed “horrific crimes” such as leaving their dorm without a mask, gathering with a small group of friends, or failing to get a COVID-19 test.
Many universities, unwilling to rely on “local rats” alone, have stepped up on-campus surveillance. Parents of students at Ohio State University report that helicopters were buzzing overhead as they moved their children into a dorm. The University of Texas installed new cameras in dorm hallways, aiming the cameras at doors.
Albion University in Michigan went one step further, mandating that students download a privacy-invading app to ensure they remained within a college-designated “safe space” at all times. Naturally, the college declined to explain why faculty members were free to come and go wherever they pleased.
There is one positive outcome that could arise from this madness. Perhaps — at long last — students will see the tyrannical ideologies perpetuated by academia for what they are. Young Americans are intentionally spending themselves into debt just to attend these institutions. If they aren’t getting the services and experiences they’re paying for, perhaps more will finally find an alternative.
One way or another, the classic university experience is coming to an end.