January 06, 2006


Penn State:

[It has a speech code that defines] "acts of intolerance"-- one of which Surra himself would have committed had he made his "waste of time" comment on campus. The good representative's alma mater defines such acts (which, it says, "will not be tolerated") as "an attitude, feeling or belief in furtherance of which an individual acts to intimidate, threaten or show contempt for other individuals or groups based on characteristics such as political belief."

Calling a committee a "colossal waste of time" surely shows "contempt" for the "political belief" of the folks who voted to create it, does it not? And one might argue a federal judge showed similar "contempt" by ... striking down a nearly identical policy at Shippensburg University in 2003.

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Posted by Felix at January 6, 2006 07:34 PM | TrackBack

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"This "colossal waste" is the bipartisan Select Committee on Student Academic Freedom, established last year via House Resolution 177. For Surra, the committee is unnecessary because "I have never in my 15 years had anyone call me to say their academic freedom has been abused."

How is saying an inactive *committee* is a "colossal waste of time" a way of attacking someone's political beliefs?

Posted by: Dana Garrett at January 7, 2006 12:12 AM

Excellent question. But that's what Penn State's speech code allows for based on its wording.

Posted by: Hube at January 7, 2006 08:37 AM

Because there are a good many of us, individuals who have faced political discrimination in higher education over the last couple of decades, who believe that academic freedom for conservatives and intellectual diversity in higher education are essential to the political health of the country.

To argue that pursuing such aims is a waste of time and that the acts of discrimination against us do not exist is certainly to belittle us and our beliefs.

Posted by: Rhymes With Right at January 7, 2006 09:19 AM

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