My regular readers know that I have been following the story about Liberty University’s decision to ban the college Democrats from campus. (See my coverage here and here). Yesterday Inside Higher Ed ran an article examining student Democratic clubs at other colleges with roots in both Protestant fundamentalism and/or conservative politics. The administration at Pat Robertson’s Regent University did not resist a student attempt at founding a Democratic society, but the student body did. Patrick Henry College allowed a Democratic student group to exist, but it apparently did not attract many students. (The college website notes that the club has no elected officials).
Meanwhile, historically liberal colleges, such as Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts, have had to deal with the emergence of a College Republicans club on campus.
It now looks as if Liberty will restore the official status of the College Democrats if they would become members of an organization called Virginia Democrats for Life. Stay tuned.