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Turkish Government Intrudes Into College Policy

The most important right possessed by those who teach in universities is the right to decide policies on a college campus. Five members of the Higher Education Board(YOK) of Turkey issued a statement that blasted the chairman of YOK, Professor Yusuf Ziya Ozcan for over-ruling the Board on the issue of can women wear a headscarf while attending university classes. Ozcan issued a directive to university campuses saying women should be allowed to wear the headscarf despite legal issues concerning whether this was allowed.

The issue is not women wearing the headscarf, the issue is who decides campus policy? In a free university where all ideas are discussed, and in which the faculty make final decisions, the government should not be allowed to decide policy. Today, it is the headscarf, but what about tomorrow?