Wilfrid Laurier University is facing an unprecedented enrollment drop in the aftermath of the school’s social justice-infused investigation into teaching assistant Lindsay Shepherd after she showed a video of Dr. Jordan Peterson in class.
According to public enrollment information, Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario, is facing an astonishing 15.2 percent enrollment drop. Some suspect that the university’s bizarre investigation into teaching assistant played a role in the drop. University officials berated Shepherd after she played a public television debate clip on the topic of gender pronouns that featured Dr. Jordan Peterson.
Failing to stand for truth has consequences. WLU admission confirmations are down 15.2%. Worst performance in province. First place choices down 12.5%–also worst in province. Overall province-wide confirmations are flat. https://t.co/iohQyhiemC
— William McNally (@WilliamMcNall18) June 13, 2018
Finance professor William McNally addressed the enrollment drop in a tweet. “Failing to stand for truth has consequences,” he wrote. McNally is likely referring to the Shepherd investigation.
In December 2017, Wilfrid Laurier President Deborah MacLatchy apologized to Shepherd for the investigation and the conduct of the faculty members who conducted it. “I have apologized to Ms. Shepherd publicly, as has Dr. Rambukkana, her supervising professor,” she wrote in the apology. “The university has conveyed to her today the results of the fact-finding report, to make sure she understands it is clear that she was involved in no wrongdoing. The university is taking concrete steps to make changes to ensure this doesn’t happen again.”
Wilfrid Laurier University would not be the first institution to face an enrollment drop following a political correctness scandal. The University of Missouri famously faced an enrollment drop after the fall 2015 protests that involved a professor who called for a photojournalist to be physically removed from campus. Most recently, Evergreen State College faced a substantial enrollment drop after the campus was plagued by social justice protests surrounding former professor Bret Weinstein. The college announced in May that they were facing a 17 percent enrollment drop.