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Campus “bias” team muzzles profs for inviting classroom debate on controversial topics

June 29, 2016

From my latest blog post for the Independent Women’s Forum:

You can talk about anything, here–unless a snowflake feels “offended.”

 

At the University of Northern Colorado, a public institutions, two professors who started class discussions featuring opposing viewpoints on such hot-button topics such as transgenderism were…investigated by campus administrators. And then told to shut up.

Yes, you read that right. Here’s the story from Heat Street, which had filed a Freedom of Information Act request to see how the university’s Bias Response Team responded to student complaints about professors’ teaching styles:

In one report reviewed by Heat Street’s Jillian Kay Melchior (who’s also a fellow here at the IWF), a professor, “whose name was redacted, had asked students to read an Atlantic article entitled “The Coddling of the American Mind,” about college students’ increasing sensitivity and its impact on their mental health.”

“The professor then asked his students to come up with difficult topics, including transgender issues, gay marriage, abortion and global warming. He outlined competing positions on these topics, though he did not express his personal opinion….

“A member of the Bias Response Team met with the professor, the report says, and ‘advised him not to revisit transgender issues in his classroom if possible to avoid the students expressed concerns.” The Bias Response Team also “told him to avoid stating opinions (his or theirs) on the topic as he had previously when working from the Atlantic article.'”

In other words, censorship.

Here’s what triggered that visit from the Bias Response Team:

“’I would just like the professor to be educated about what trans is and how what he said is not okay because as someone who truly identifies as a transwomen I was very offended and hurt by this….’”

Read the whole thing here.

Posted by Charlotte Allen
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