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U. Tennessee Student Under Investigation For Putting Wrong Name on Quiz

U. Tennessee Student Under Investigation For Putting Wrong Name on Quiz

This is amazingly stupid.

This is one of those stories that’s so dumb, it’s difficult to believe it’s even real. I won’t try to summarize the situation, just read the report below from FIRE:

University of Tennessee Investigating Student Accused of Sexual Harassment for Writing Wrong Name on Quiz

Last week, several news outlets reported that a student at the University of Tennessee (UT) received a zero on a quiz—a grade his professor justified because he viewed an answer as sexual harassment under Title IX. Now he’s being investigated by campus officials after unidentified faculty saw the absurd interpretation being mocked by entertainment website Total Frat Move.

How might one violate Title IX on a quiz? The first question on the quiz asked “What is your Lab instructor’s name?” and invited students to “make something good up”—that is, a joke—if they don’t remember his or her name. The student, Keaton Wahlbon, couldn’t remember his lab instructor’s name, so he wrote a generic first name, Sarah, and a common last name, Jackson. Writing Sarah Jackson—an altogether ordinary name—landed Wahlbon in hot water with his lab instructor and his professor. In fact, the quiz was returned to Wahlbon with the word “inappropriate” next to his Sarah Jackson answer.

As it turns out, Sarah Jackson happens to be the name of a Canadian actress and lingerie model. It is also a name shared by thousands of other people across the world. Wahlbon tried to explain to his professor that he wrote what he thought was a generic name on the quiz and did not intend to be crass.

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nordic_prince | October 13, 2016 at 7:56 am

I guess he would have been safer writing “Mickey Mouse” ~

    LibraryGryffon in reply to nordic_prince. | October 15, 2016 at 11:04 am

    Maybe “Generic Lab Instructor”?

    I bet that would have landed him in hot water too. “How dare you think me interchangeable with others who do exactly the same job!”