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Sonoma State University Students Wanted Professor Fired for Refusing to Use Trigger Warnings

Sonoma State University Students Wanted Professor Fired for Refusing to Use Trigger Warnings

“working to determine the most appropriate way to address the concerns raised while still protecting the rights of everyone involved”

The professor is still teaching, so the school hasn’t caved to the mob. Yet.

The College Fix reports:

Students demanded professor who refused to use trigger warnings be fired. So far, he’s still teaching.

An attempt to get a professor who refuses to use trigger warnings fired appears to have failed, for now.

In April and May, students launched a full-court press against Sonoma State University film Professor Ajay Gehlawat, who had screened the documentary “India’s Daughter” in his class.

The documentary is a film about the brutal gang rape and murder of a young medical student in India that has been credited with deftly exposing the patriarchy and chauvinism of the country in a real and gripping way. It has been banned in India.

Showing the film without a trigger warning was a point of contention among those who wanted Gehlawat fired, but he was also accused of sexism and allegedly treating women in his class poorly compared to men.

A petition against the professor garnered 1,000 signatures. A Title IX investigation was also launched against him.

But Gehlawat is listed as teaching fall 2021 courses. A spokesperson for Sonoma State, Julia Gonzalez, told The College Fix via email that the university “is working to determine the most appropriate way to address the concerns raised while still protecting the rights of everyone involved.”

Gehlawat did not respond to emails this week from The College Fix requesting comment.

The petition against the professor of interdisciplinary studies, theatre and film alleges that he is hiding behind the banner of academic freedom but students “have been facing PTSD, anxiety, and discrimination due to the nature of his class.”

Regarding “India’s Daughter,” the student petition essentially sided with those who banned the film in India and accused the scholar of not warning students about its nature or offering them a trigger warning, promoting them to have nightmares and anxiety.

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“students “have been facing PTSD, anxiety, and discrimination due to the nature of his class.”

When are we going to get on the bandwagon and throw this same language right back at schools like University of Tennessee-Knoxville?

PTSD? From watching a movie?

Common sense is dead.

The lack of transparency in instructional materials is not only troubling on the CRT front, but even more so on the human sexuality, gender identity, and “should not you be trans?” front.

The Friendly Grizzly | September 4, 2021 at 4:11 pm

Maybe it is time for a universal draft, and also a return to how boot camp was in the 1960s. Either toughen up these little girls of both sexes, or break them.

Antifundamentalist | September 4, 2021 at 4:35 pm

Put a trigger warning on all college applications, use fancy words to say that the college experience is designed to assist students in their growth and developement, therefore they can expect to encounter new ideas, alternate viewpoints and ideologies, uncomfortable realities, and an expectation to adapt to diverse situations like an adult. There will be no trigger warnings beyond this and the student accepts the risks.

Fire the man!!! Replace him with a first-grade teacher who will teach the class about the multi-ethnic Care Bears. Send Prof Gehlawat somewhere he can teach better students who will appreciate his message.

Anyone who treats college students like adults in the current environment is clearly out of step with modern higher education. Prof Gehlawat is trying to teach his students about real problems in the real world as it exists today. He doesn’t adhere to the CRT narrative. Heresy!!

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