I attend a highly conservative university nearby. There is a degree of thought policing that already occurs, and I'm not sure how I feel about it. For example, "behavior that challenges University expectations" -- what does that even mean?
I was afraid for my safety and emotional health all throughout public schooling. Bullying, etc, was real, but I don't blame the school for making me "feel unsafe" in that environment -- I blame the bullies directly. There will always be people who feel unsafe, uncomfortable, etc, in social settings. But that's not necessarily the fault of the other people. They might not, in fact, be doing anything immoral. It could just be one's own insecurities or internal struggles -- that are very real -- that cause one's feelings of anxiety. But to make this the fault of people around them is frightening to me.
(Edit: After reading the whole document, most of it seems perfectly reasonable to report violence, threats, etc, and to expect professional behavior all around. But I think it's the part that talks about or strongly suggests catering to people's feelings, and enforcing that with authority, that bothers me.)
* Using inappropriate language (vulgar or sexual)
* Concerning email, social media, paper, or communication through CANVAS
That second one is vague, but if you're upset that the university is saying using vulgar or sexual language in class is a disruptive behavior that should be addressed, maaaaybe you're taking the anti-PC bit a little too far.
Of course if students feel excluded, they are less likely to fork over 100k in tuition fees. Maybe higher educations should focus on providing an education and not catering to hurt feelings and profits.
Here are some behaviors that are cause for concern and should be reported:
- Argumentative (don't question anything)
- Behavior that challenges universities expectations (what expectations?)
- Unreasonable demands
- Speaking loudly, shouting
- Concerning email, social media, paper, or communication through CANVAS (which may or may not have any relevance to a classroom setting).
I'm not saying students should be allowed to act like animals, but any one of the "warnings" listed above can be stretched to fit almost any behavior.
Is it just me, or does this sound like an odd suggestion? Especially when it's suggested as a response to someone complaining or swearing.