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University in California Threatens to Punish Students for Jokes

University in California Threatens to Punish Students for Jokes

“bounded only by the imagination of humorless, woke administrators”

As Dean Wormer said in Animal House, “No more fun of any kind!”

The College Fix reports:

California public university threatens to punish students for jokes

The new “Speech Code of the Month” by the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education comes from California State University-Channel Islands, and it’s bounded only by the imagination of humorless, woke administrators.

Its Resident Handbook prohibits even a single occurrence of “derogatory comments” or “slurs,” whether spoken or visual, and even “gestures” (don’t flip the bird at anyone!). It also includes “unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature,” which is how you get punished for telling that limerick about a man from Nantucket within earshot of a fourth-wave feminist.

As explained by Laura Beltz, senior program officer for policy reform at FIRE, this code encompasses a broad range of protected speech. Unless they’ve been living under the Channel Islands since 1998, administrators can’t feign ignorance of their legal obligations:

Under the legal standard set forth by the Supreme Court, to constitute student-on-student harassment in the educational setting, alleged harassment must be unwelcome conduct that is “so severe, pervasive, and objectively offensive, and that so undermines and detracts from the victims’ educational experience, that the victim-students are effectively denied equal access to an institution’s resources and opportunities.” …

A pattern of derogatory comments, drawings, or unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature could meet this legal standard, but isolated comments probably don’t. For example, telling another student a single, subjectively off-color joke in class probably isn’t harassment, but repeating that behavior every day could effectively prevent the other student from going to class and constitute harassment. Under CSU Channel Islands’ policy, both scenarios are punishable.


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daniel_ream | July 4, 2019 at 12:12 pm

As Dean Wormer said in Animal House, “No more fun of any kind!”

Wormer did nothing wrong.

The Friendly Grizzly | July 4, 2019 at 12:24 pm

CSUCI (in local parlance, it is pronounced SEE-sucky) sits on the grounds of what had been a state mental hospital. Make of this what you may.

California State has gone Full Stasi:

I have a question re: left coast logic. Maybe somebody from CA can answer. If male A tells a crude sexual joke to male B standing next to him [at low volume], but female C standing behind them overhears it and is offended:
1. Can male A be prosecuted for telling the crude joke?
2. Can female C be prosecuted for eavesdropping?
3. If male B laughs, can he be prosecuted for finding humor in the joke?

Really, I’m from the east and wonder how CA judges would react ….

Can we still mock Kalifornia judges?

Latus Dextro | July 5, 2019 at 11:45 pm

Given the well established trajectory of woke to broke, odds on that the administrative intellectual castrati of the Left at CSUCI will be flipping meat burgers over a real FIRE quite soon.

Can we still tell the classic Natalie Wood joke?