If you used a racial stereotype that people at Harvard don’t like, you’d probably get clarification pretty quickly.

The College Fix reports:

Harvard forbids ‘racial stereotypes,’ but won’t say what that means

Harvard University’s student code of conduct specifically forbids students from “using racial stereotypes,” but the school won’t clarify what exactly that provision means in spite of repeated queries.

Harvard has received a “code red” rating from the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, a campus watchdog group. FIRE is a nonpartisan nonprofit with a stated mission to “defend and sustain the individual rights of students and faculty members at America’s colleges and universities.”

The policy that received the red light states that Harvard “defines racial harassment as actions on the part of an individual or group that demean or abuse another individual or group because of racial or ethnic background. Such actions may include, but are not restricted to, using racial epithets, making racially derogatory remarks, and using racial stereotypes.”

A red light from FIRE means the organization has determined the university “has at least one policy that both clearly and substantially restricts freedom of speech.”

“A ‘clear’ restriction is one that unambiguously infringes on what is or should be protected expression. In other words, the threat to free speech at a red light institution is obvious on the face of the policy and does not depend on how the policy is applied,” the group states.

School refuses to clarify what policy actually means

The College Fix reached out to Harvard repeatedly through several channels to learn more about the rule, including how the school defines a “racial stereotype” and if, and how, the policy is ever actually enforced.

Both Harvard’s Student Affairs office and its media relations office did not respond to multiple emails and phone calls over two weeks. Finally, a representative from their media relations office promised to send The Fix an email explaining the policy. That email never followed.


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