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« allauburnallin wrote on Wednesday, Nov 13 at 10:01 AM »
Freedom of speech and the Bill of Rights pertains to government action. Upon enrollment to AU, students agree to comply with the pertinent policies, regulations, and restrictions Auburn University imposes on its students. We're required to pay tuition, buy a meal plan, not park in Pres. Gogue's parking spot, refrain from threatening our teachers, and not plagiarize. Likewise, we agree to treat students in accordance with the Anti-Harassment Policy. I can state unequivocally that as a student, I cannot utter discriminatory words towards members of the protected classes designated by the Anti-Harassment Policy. To do so is to be in violation of the Anti-Harassment Policy, which can lead to certain negative consequences from the University. The policy states, in part, Any form of discrimination or harassment related to a student’s race, color, sex (which includes sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression), religion, national origin, age or disability (protected classes) is a violation of University policy. This policy is intended to cover any prohibited harassment of or discrimination against a student by other students, employees, or University agents. This policy also covers harassment of students by non-employees on University property or while engaged in University sponsored activities, as well as prohibited discrimination against students by University contractors. Student-on-student complaints of sexual harassment or sexual misconduct, up to and including sexual assault, will be handled according to the University’s Title IX Policy and Procedures for Student Sex Discrimination.
« MizD wrote on Tuesday, Nov 12 at 09:12 PM »
Thank you! I was SO very confused when I read the other comments... I saw nothing that was actually really new about the resolution (except, perhaps creating a group where the harassed can get some support and advertising that group). As I was reading the comments of the opposed, I started thinking... well, in that case... we definitely need to DELETE the anti-harassment policy, the anti-hazing policy, the Civil Rights Act, the laws that tell my boss that he can fire me if I call him an egotistical a**hole who deserves to be shot in the head... so many rules/laws that our schools, employers, and country ALREADY have in place. People - no one is trying to take away your rights. But there are limits on your speech. If what you say makes me feel like I am in danger, you have CROSSED. THE. LINE. And, let's face it, in a place where spilled beer can cause a riot, I don't think it's a stretch to say that flinging out hate speech and inciting others to do the same can be seen as causing imminent danger, disturbing the peace, etc. etc. This resolution, if passed, will be difficult to enforce. I don't think it's supporters are stupid enough to believe that it won't be tough. However, does "difficulty" equate to "silence"? I think they are following in the footsteps of those before them (*ahem* Martin Luther King Jr.) who were told that they were speaking of the impossible and who were told to shut the hell up. So I say speak on, fight on. If this resolution isn't passed, get louder. PS - please stop using silly school chants to support your argument. This is a serious issue. C'mon.