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U. Washington Student Govt. Considers Proposal Allowing Punishment of Profs Guilty of Oppression

U. Washington Student Govt. Considers Proposal Allowing Punishment of Profs Guilty of Oppression

“Every faculty member I have spoken to about this is deeply disturbed by the implications of this proposal”

Wasn’t this basically part of Mao’s Cultural Revolution? Are the public shamings coming next?

The College Fix reports:

Student government bill wants students to have power to punish professors found guilty of oppression

A member of the University of Washington Student Senate has introduced a resolution to create a system for students and staff to serve on a jury to resolve “all discrimination accusations and charges that violate the University of Washington’s mission statement.”

“Every faculty member I have spoken to about this is deeply disturbed by the implications of this proposal,” Professor Stuart Reges, who teaches at the university, told The College Fix via email.

The resolution’s sponsor, Michael Saunders, named Reges’ conservative writings as one example of “faculty misconduct.”

According to Saunders, the university must “think outside the lens of an oppressive system and think in a mindset of innovation, improvement, and radical change,” his resolution states.

The proposal states that, when the university determines a case to be worthy of internal discipline, these juries would have the power to judge an action or trait to be discriminatory and to decide the proper punishment for it, which the university must respect.

Under the proposal, leaders from the student senate, faculty senate and administration would sit on a “Supreme Court” which would mediate jury deliberation and have the power to rule a decision “unjust or biased.”

Reges provided a recording to The College Fix of a nine-minute portion of the March 30 meeting in which the senate discussed the resolution.

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We should appreciate the students giving us the benefit of their inexperience, but they need to be reminded that they are temporarily students and they don’t run the place! Students demanding authority to discipline faculty?!?!?! Seriously?!?!

And students are going to punish the professors?!?!

They should seriously have their behinds whipped for this idiocy.

Also, does no one see the Maoist Cultural Revolution in this?

Most of the faculty and administration have turned a blind eye to this in the past. Once the Maoist students run out of conservatives to harass, they’ll turn to the rest of the staff–they have now reaped what they have sown.

I’m not familiar with how things work in US universities. Is this anything more than typical student squawking and arm flapping? At my (Canadian) alma mater, the student government had no authority to do anything other than spend the $5 collected from every student on various boondoggles. Surely the U of W student senate has no actual power to make this happen? And even if the university administration were to go along with this silliness, surely it would be a flagrant breach of the faculty’s employment contracts to change the disciplinary process this way?

They are students and have no business telling the faculty what to do. Expel them.
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