Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Feds Push Insane New Speech Codes!

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"It is so broad that it turns every single student and every single faculty member on campus, at least arguably, into harassers," warns Greg Lukianoff, president of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE).

He's talking about sweeping speech codes just imposed by the Departments of Justice and Education on virtually every college campus in the United States.

The new mandate was revealed in a letter from the DOJ and DOE to the University of Montana that states "sexual harassment should be more broadly defined as 'any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature," including "verbal conduct." The new rules apply to all colleges and universities receiving any sort of federal money, including Pell grants, federally backed student loans, and more. The letter contends the conduct in question need not be offensive to an "objectively reasonable person of the same gender in the same situation." That means that there is effectively no check on what might count as harassment. Course materials, overheard comments, stupid jokes - it's all potentially actionable.

Lukianoff, the author of Unlearning Liberty: Campus Censorship and the End of American Debate, hopes that "this is the last straw that causes the universities themselves to start pushing back against this ridiculous overregulation."


Mark said...

Here we go again now with a clandestine message that women are an "endangered species." Men, just keep your mouth shut forever. Do not even compliment women anymore or you will fall into a legal trap the likes you have never seen. No more opening doors, complimenting them, ask them out with an armed guard, at work just view them as mannequins and you will be far better off. Why? Because that is what they want today. Don't you know for the most part, their general agenda is to psychologically "emasculate" males - now with the help of the feds and the state. Men and women should be in harmony with one another. But. . . .

Wonka said...

You're way off. Reading the new guideline, it would be just as easy for a man to claim sexual harassment as a woman. Based on the new guidelines any woman who wear lipstick, a dress above the ankles, low cut blouse or any manor of perfectly acceptable clothing fashion could be guilty of sexual harassment. Can you imagine what liability a college or university would have if there is a pool or area used for sun bathing on campus? Let the lawsuits fly!

There is a bias in the difference in how men and women perceive being sexually harassed.