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U. Houston Prof Tells Students to Report Teachers Berating ‘White People or Christians to DEI Office’

U. Houston Prof Tells Students to Report Teachers Berating ‘White People or Christians to DEI Office’

“Conservative students should file complaints for speech that attacks their identity – especially when it comes from a professor”

This is a good idea. Make the left live up to their own policies.

The College Fix reports:

Professor advises students to report scholars who bash white people or Christians to DEI office

A professor recently began to advance his idea on how to combat onerous progressive ideologies on campus, encouraging students to report professors who bash Christians, white people and conservatives to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and Title IX offices for investigation.

Conservative students should file complaints for speech that attacks their identity – especially when it comes from a professor, said Adam Ellwanger, a professor of English at the University of Houston-Downtown, in a recent telephone interview with The College Fix.

“There is a perception that the DEI and Title IX offices exist just to support leftist activism, but there is nothing keeping students from filing complaints on the basis of their own protected classes,” said Ellwanger (pictured). “You could be a straight white male and it doesn’t mean you can’t be protected by Title IX.”

He said Title IX, as it’s interpreted today, protects from “anything that creates a hostile environment for a student on the basis of the student’s protected class; sex, gender, religion or sexual orientation fall under actionable claims of Title IX.”

For example, if a professor vitriolically bemoans the scourge of heterosexual white Christians during lectures, that can be the basis for a complaint, he said.

Ellwanger said professors have the academic freedom to say what they want, but argued there are several “positives” to filing such a complaint.

For one, he told The Fix, it would force the DEI office to investigate one of their own.

What’s more, he added, “the professor who loves critical race theory and explaining how white people are the worst … it’s going to make them think twice [about saying such things openly] if they have been through a seven-month ordeal with a DEI office.”

Finally, and perhaps most importantly, it creates a paper trail, he said.

“You force the DEI office into establishing a track record,” he said. “If they find in favor of a black student or Hindu student, but then when a male says ‘I don’t like how my professor always talks about toxic masculinity’ they are finding no [fault], it exposes the bias at the heart of the DEI agenda that we can really only infer at this point.”

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“There is a perception that the DEI and Title IX offices exist just to support leftist activism”

That’s because DEI and Title IX offices (not to mention any kind of “Studies” department) exist to support leftist activism.

The professor is right that this should be done. But warn the students of the inevitable retaliation, too.

it would force the DEI office to investigate one of their own

Um, no, it won’t. Just like the human rights tribunals here in Canada, any complaint against one of the progressives will simply be dismissed out of hand as unfounded or frivolous. Has this professor been paying attention at all?

    George_Kaplan in reply to daniel_ream. | January 6, 2023 at 7:37 pm

    But if the office always ignores such complaints then it demonstrates that it is a commissar office, not an equal protection office.

To go back to the dark days of the Title IX “Dear Colleague Letter”, probably the worst reform mandated was that the Title IX Coordinator or her designee gets to decide Title IX complaints — even at colleges which have a panel or students or faculty or both deciding non-Title IX complaints. That is why such “reverse discrimination complaints” end up being taken to the U.S. Dept of Education rather than the internal Title IX office. By the way, on most campuses, the Title IX internal complaint procedure handles all bias complaints, not just those “on the basis of sex.”