Some students at Yale are warning that the litany of restrictions and rules, and the system the university has implemented to report anyone seen to be breaking them, has transformed the campus into a “surveillance state” policed by Stasi-like students who are annoyed at others violating the ever changing decrees.
The Washington Free Beacon reports that complaints are being registered anonymously against anyone not wearing a mask, or indulging in “handshakes, hugs, and high-fives.”
In one example cited in the report, one student was in the library watching a movie without anyone else around, but was caught and filmed committing the cardinal sin of not wearing the mask.
Forty eight hours later the student received a warning from school officials declaring that he had “failed to meet the commitments you agreed to in the Yale Community Compact.”
The note stated that the student would be allowed to tell his side of the story and then officials would “review the matter and decide whether [his] conduct poses a risk to the health and safety of [himself] or other community members.”
After a fortnight passed, the student was sent another warning stating “Should you continue to engage in behavior that violates the Yale Community Compact, you will be placed on Public Health Warning and may face more serious outcomes, including the removal of permission to be on campus.”
The Beacon notes that this is far from an isolated incident, with one student telling reporters that most are against the restrictions, but have become a “silenced majority” in fear of enduring “shame” and “administrative consequences” if they resist.