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According to a recent Campus Reform report, Washington State University has become the latest bastion of speech regulation imposed by administrators ostensibly motivated by political correctness.
One professor on campus, for example, has promised her students that they will fail her Women and Popular Culture course if they refuse to adopt her style of inclusive rhetoric. Her syllabus threatens “failure for the semester” for any student caught using what she considers “oppressive and hateful language” in classroom discussions or assignments.
Puzzling many social media users was her ban on “referring to women/men as females or males.”
Similarly perplexing, many felt, were two words – illegal alien – prohibited by fellow WSU professor Rebecca Fowler, according to her Introduction to Comparative Ethnic Studies syllabus.
@campusreform I’m actually old enough to remember when colleges were the free marketplace of ideas and higher learning.
— DashingDeipnosophist (@trainerd2000) August 30, 2015
These educators are not alone on campus. Professor John Streamas, who has a controversial history of mocking and threatening white students, handed out a course guide detailing the special treatment minorities will receive in his class.
He has mandated students affirm his worldview by “deferring to the experiences of people of color” while “understand[ing] and consider[ing] the rage of people who are victims of systematic injustice.”
Other syllabi offer similar examples in other departments on campus, though several critics have made it clear the activism could backfire.
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This post originally appeared on Western Journalism – Equipping You With The Truth