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Harvard Encourages Students to Inform on Peers Who Fail to Practice Social Distancing

Harvard Encourages Students to Inform on Peers Who Fail to Practice Social Distancing

“form for reporting social distancing violations”

This is right out of Orwell, and yet many people at Harvard would be the first to claim that Trump is a dictator.

The College Fix reports:

Harvard goes full police state, asks for photos and video of social distancing violations

Unlike in prison, you’re unlikely to get seriously ill with COVID-19 at Harvard University. But like in prison, private eyes are watching your every move.

The Ivy League university not only coerced students into giving up their freedom of association pledging an oath not to violate social distancing rules in order to live on campus, but it’s encouraging rat finks to provide evidence of their peers behaving like ordinary college kids.

Harvard created a new online “form for reporting social distancing violations” that includes “space for photos and videos,” The Harvard Crimson reports. It basically sounds like a police report, asking the rat fink to provide full details of the incident. (Allegedly they won’t be able to file anonymously. Let’s see if Harvard keeps it that way.)

Once the newly created Star Chamber “Community Council” receives a report from a rat fink, the “perpetrator” may get an “oral warning” for low-level offenses (undefined) or a formal review for more serious acts of hanging out with people.

The review includes a limited gag order that prevents the target from telling others at the soiree that they’re under investigation:

If the review involves more than one student, those implicated in a given incident may access “redacted” versions of their peers’ statements before formally meeting with the council, if they are requested to do so.

The “need to know” exception to the gag order is extended to family, clergy, legal counsel and mental health professionals. A government minder “community health lead” is provided to the targeted student for “support” during the review.


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The Friendly Grizzly | September 18, 2020 at 2:14 pm

Were those doing the denouncing told to speak German, or Russian?

Gag order? I don’t even understand the reason for that. I’m supportive of behavioral constraints because of the risk of disease spread, but it sounds like Harvard has gone nuts. They’re treating their students like potential enemy conspirators.