“And I 100% know that this is, like, the most biased grade ever, because my project is about transgenders competing in biological women’s sports.”
University of Cincinnati sophomore Olivia Krolczyk, 20, accused her Women’s Gender Studies in Pop Culture professor gave her a zero on a project because she used the term “biological women.”
“I got a 0 on a project proposal in my class because I use the term biological women, which is apparently not allowed anymore,” Krolczyk said in her TikTok video. “She even said it was a good project proposal. Um, but I got a 0 because I use this term as exclusionary and that’s not allowed anymore.”
The project was about transgender women in sports.
“And I 100% know that this is, like, the most biased grade ever, because my project is about transgenders competing in biological women’s sports,” she continued. “How am I supposed to do my final project if I can’t use the word biological women? But that’s what my project is about.”
@oliveourviewsEmailed her and was told using the term is transphobic 😐 be for real♬ original sound – oliveourviews
Krolcyzk, who participated in track and cross-country in high school and part of college, told The New York Post the class had “very few assignments,” and 200 points are the total amount for the class. The final project is 100:
The undergrad — who competed in cross-country and track throughout high school and the beginning of her college career before transferring to the University of Cincinnati — said she followed the professor’s instructions to a tee, including using three sources from the class and formatting the paper to the teacher’s requirements.
“The directions for the assignment in which I received a zero on specifically state, ‘This exercise is developmental. Thoughtful proposals submitted on time will receive full credit.’ I turned in my assignment on time and I can guarantee 100% that my proposal was extremely thoughtful,” she insisted.
Krolczyk also said she had contacted the university’s Gender Equality office, which told her it would have a different professor review and grade her work — but she has yet to see her grade change nearly two weeks later.
The professor and Krolczyk butted heads during the semester:
Krolczyk said she was rebuked when she pushed back during a class discussion and argued that generalizing all white men as having privilege is “not fair.”
“She commented that something along the lines of it being necessary and important to recognize privilege and oppression. I was docked on my grade,” the student alleged.
It sounds like we might have another Riley Gaines on our hands. Krolczyk thinks “the issue is not being taken seriously” by the University of Cincinnati: “Standing up for free speech in education is more important. If we as a student body take action instead of conforming to the professor’s ideology, we can hopefully start changing our universities back to a place where stating simple biology isn’t punished and conflicting opinions are encouraged.”
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