Steve Gorman, Reuters, Jan. 19, 2006
LOS ANGELES — A conservative alumni group dedicated to “exposing the most radical professors” at the University of California at Los Angeles is offering to pay students $100 to record classroom lectures of suspect faculty.
The Web site of the Bruin Alumni Association also includes a “Dirty Thirty” list of professors considered by the group to be the most extreme left-wing members of the UCLA faculty, as well as profiles on their political activities and writings.
UCLA Chancellor Albert Carnesale on Thursday denounced the campaign as “reprehensible,” and school officials warned that selling or distributing recordings of classroom lectures without an instructor’s consent violates university policy.
Jones told Reuters he is out to “restore an atmosphere of respectful political discourse on campus” and says his efforts are aimed at academics who proselytize students from either side of the ideological spectrum, conservative or liberal.
“We are concerned solely with indoctrination, one-sided presentation of ideological controversies and unprofessional classroom behavior,” Jones said on his Web site.
Jones’ site describes his campaign as “dedicated to exposing UCLA’s most radical professors” and his list of the university’s “worst of the worst” singles out only professors he says hold left-wing views.