Monday, September 07, 2015

'Male' and 'Female' OK: Citing Free Speech Concerns, Washington State University Revises Syllabi

As classes are beginning for a new school year, Washington State University is revising several class syllabi due to concerns over free speech.

"Over the weekend, we became aware that some faculty members, in the interest of fostering a constructive climate for discussion, included language in class syllabi that has been interpreted as abridging students’ free speech rights," WSU Interim President Daniel J. Bernardo said August 31. "We are working with these faculty members to clarify, and in some cases modify, course policies to ensure that students’ free speech rights are recognized and protected.”

Several professors at Washington State University had course guides advising incoming students to avoid certain terms.

Professor Selena Lester Breikss teaches “Women & Popular Culture” at WSU. On her syllabus she informs students that they risk failing if they use “oppressive and hateful language” – such as “referring to women/men as females or males”:

Use of racist, sexist, homophobic, transphobic, xenophobic, classist, or generally offensive language in class or submission of such material will not be tolerated. (This includes “The Man,” “Colored People,” “Illegals/Illegal Aliens,” “Tranny” and so on - or referring to women/men as females or males) If I see it or hear it, I will correct it in class since it can be a learning moment for many students. Repeated use of oppressive and hateful language will be handled accordingly – including but not limited to removal from the class without attendance or participation points, failure of the assignment, and - in extreme cases - failure for the semester.

"No student will have points docked merely as a result of using terms that may be deemed offensive to some,” said President Bernardo. “Blanket restriction of the use of certain terms is not consistent with the values upon which this university is founded."



Anonymous said...

Breikss teaches “Women & Popular Culture”
What a very great waste of time. She intends to promote her Liberal nonsense.

Anonymous said...

I assume that these professors all have relatives in the legal profession that will benefit from their stupidity?

Anonymous said...

How do we allow our public universities, spending TAXPAYOR money to get away with teaching this crap. These are PUBLIC employees, not private individuals. As such,they act as agents of the government. They may NOT infringe on free speech, even if they redefine the words to be something they are not.

Anonymous said...

No wonder students can't gets jobs when the graduate, they haven't learned anything usable in the workplace. Time to stop the crap and get back to teaching students what they really need to learn.

Anonymous said...

Parents are paying big money for their kids to listen to this claptrap.

Daniel Bareither said...

Go Cougs.

Bird of Paradise said...

That Washington State profesor should be made the write on the blackboard 2 millIon times FREE SPEECH IS IN THE U.S. CONSTITUTION