Author’s note: The use of an asterisk indicates that the college or university has revised its speech code thanks to the work of my friends at the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, or FIRE. (See www.TheFire.org). The best source of information about campus speech in general is: Greg Lukianoff. Unlearning Liberty. New York: Encounter Books, 2012. Click here to order a copy now.
All week long, people have been sending me emails expressing their outrage at UNC Chapel Hill's decision to remove the word "freshman" from all university documents in order to be gender inclusive. But why are they surprised? And why are they writing to me to express their outrage? I've been telling readers for over a decade that they need to directly call and write the universities that are responsible for encouraging hypersensitivity through the use of campus speech codes.
If you do not know what a speech code is then you are probably new to my column. So here is a list of some examples that have actually been implemented at colleges and universities across America. If you write to complain, make sure your messages are written in stark violation of their campus speech codes. You are about to learn that it may not be very difficult.
*At Drexel University, prohibited harassment once included "inconsiderate jokes" and "inappropriately directed laughter." Students at Drexel had to be careful. If someone made a joke that was funny, they had to look directly at them. Looking the other way and laughing could have constituted harassment.
*Florida Gulf Coast University actually banned expressions deemed "inappropriate." Did you hear that one? I've always hated the expression "know what I'm saying." Does that make it a violation of the speech code? Or is it racist for me to suggest that it is? Know what I'm saying?
*Ohio State University actually banned jokes about differences related to "socio-economic background and etc." Hey, do you know the different between a Republican and a Democrat? A Republican drinks 12 year old wine; a Democrat drinks wine when he's 12 years old. Don't laugh! That could be a speech code violation! No need to rely on the catch all "etc" to violate it. Man, that’s rich! I mean person that’s poor.
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