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THE Ohio State University aims to win “Quietest Dorms” award

October 5, 2007

In the name of political correctness, OSU has implemented a new Diversity Statement that governs what students can and cannot say in the dorms of this public, government funded university. The statement requires that students,

Do not joke about differences related to race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, ability, socioeconomic background, etc. Do not use obscene words or gestures. Oftentimes these are unwelcome and offensive to students in our community.

And later all reminds students that in OSU dorms,

Words, actions, and behaviors that inflict or threaten infliction of bodily or emotional harm, whether done intentionally or with reckless disregard, are not permitted.

Yikes… If my college enforced these laws, I know people who not have lasted a week in the dorms. More seriously though, I was under the impression that universities were a place where offensive and politically incorrect ideas were welcome, and First Amendment rights were regarded as paramount.

Where else in mainstream American culture would the president of Iran be allowed to speak? I went to a college run by an order of Catholic priests, and I remember when the school hosted a “Gay Awareness Week” and invited Greg Louganis to speak. There was considerable outrage that a Catholic institution would have the gall to do this, but the president defended the school’s decision by saying that all views, whether or not they adhere with the school’s particular belief system, were welcome.

So how is it that OSU, with more undergrads than any other US university, has decided that it is more important to protect the feelings of a few students than to protect the constitutionally guaranteed First Amendment rights of all students?

2 Comments leave one →
  1. K-Diggity permalink*
    October 8, 2007 5:30 pm

    What’s the point of living in the dorms if you can’t scream racial slurs out your door and carry out lots of actions “with reckless disregard”?

  2. Adam permalink*
    October 8, 2007 6:02 pm

    South Park taught me that “There’s a time and place for everything, and it’s called college.” I guess that doesn’t include saying things that some find offensive.

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