Administrators at the University of Oregon made it clear to professors that they will be disciplined for offending students. The “touchy” subjects they need to tred on thin ice with are, race, gender, sexuality, or religion.
Does this leave anyone else shaking their head with their mouths gaping open?! This is concerning for so many reasons, the main one being that the new warning suggests that professors can be disciplined solely based upon what students alone choose to find offensive. If they don’t want to offend an all to easily offended liberal, they would have to avoid all of those subjects altogether! This could pose a problem for classes that cover such subjects as human history….or possibly even RELIGION classes.
The discipline for professors isn’t limited to deliberate racism, but rather any incident that a student may find offensive.
One faculty member could be disciplined for something as innocent as suggesting that there are biological differences in temperament or talents between men and women!
This time it involved someone making herself up as a black man at a costume party (as it happens, doing so in order to try to send an antiracist message). But according to the university’s logic, a faculty member could be disciplined for displaying the Mohammed cartoons, if it caused enough of a furor.
Or a faculty member could be disciplined for suggesting that homosexuality may be immoral or dangerous.
Or for stating that biological males who view themselves as female should be viewed as men, not as women. Or for suggesting that there are, on average, biological differences in temperament or talents between men and women.
The warning from administrators came as a result of an incident that occurred in the home a University of Oregon law school professor. The professor, Nancy Shurtz, hosted a Halloween party for some of her students and chose to dress up as a character from the recently acclaimed book, “Black Man in a White Coat.” Shurtz’s decision to dress in blackface, despite the book’s anti-racist message, obviously sparked controversy on campus.
According to reports, the following acts of expression could be considered harassment under the University of Oregon’s new policy:
Harsh criticism of Islam.
Claiming that homosexuality is immoral.
Saying that there are biological differences in aptitude and temperament, on average, between men and women.
Rejecting the belief that gender identity can be defined by self-perception, as opposed to biology.
Sharp condemnation of soldiering (that would be harassment based on “service in the uniformed services” or “veteran status”).
Shaming people who have children out of wedlock (that would be harassment based on “marital … status” and “family status”).
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