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« allauburnallin wrote on Wednesday, Nov 13 at 11:02 AM »
Ultimately, a person must choose if he/she is to be a person full of hate or one who is empathetic and pleasant. However, Auburn University does have the authority to ensure students are protected against hurtful speech and racially motivated violence or violence related to an individual's sexual orientation, religion, nationality, or gender identity. Picture an Auburn which said "do what you want." Students of color, homosexual students, students who were a religious minority might full well face adversity and harassment which could lead them to leave the University or perhaps worse. Those types of events already occur, but presently students have a mechanism to redress the situations. The position you present fails to recognize Auburn University duty to maintain a welcoming environment.
« FreeSpeechZone wrote on Wednesday, Nov 13 at 10:09 AM »
So all of you who are in favor of this resolution, those of you who want to be the Politically Correct Speech Police of Jordan Hare Stadium.....to the PC Police: I understand that your intentions are good. But there is often a big gap between intent and impact. I would invite you to consider the impact of your censorship and finger-wagging, as well as your inclination to self-righteous, moral indignation. You don't realize it, but you're effectively throwing a wet blanket over public (and private) discussions of vitally important issues. Issues such as "Hey Alabama...we just beat the Hell out of you...Rammer Jammer Yellow Hammer, Go To Hell, Alabama!" You've gone too far in your efforts to protect everyone's feelings. You're essentially imposing a gag order on the whole of the Auburn Family...nay the American society, and in so doing, you're hindering our progress in getting to know one another and to understand others' different perspectives, viewpoints, feelings, and life experiences. Lighten up, please. Resign from the PC Police. Give us all a break.
« 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.
« allauburnallin wrote on Wednesday, Nov 13 at 08:06 AM »
Totally false. The actions and words of students are already regulated by the "Policy Regarding Prohibited Harassment of Students." This bill does not confer any additional rights, privileges or advantages to any student nor does it further restrict any rights or inhibit free speech. It simply provides an avenue through which students can file their complaints. It adds "teeth," if you will, to the current policy. Please see the the link to the well established, already implemented anti-harassment policy. https://sites.auburn.edu/admin/universitypolicies/Policies/PolicyRegardingtheProhibitedHarassmentofStudents.pdf
« autigers289 wrote on Wednesday, Nov 13 at 02:09 AM »
Lol...so the SGA thinks they have the right (or ability) to police what everyone says in a 87,000 seat stadium? This isnt a "step in the right direction," its an excuse for the SGA to make themselves feel important by passing another "feel good" ordinance that will never be enforced. I'm all for inclusion, but thinking you can solve social issues by passing a "resolution" is hilariously stupid and shortsighted. A lot of these comments show how naive some of you are. And frankly, people have the right to say whatever the hell they want, regardless of whether or not you agree with it...
« L'Carpetron_Dookmarriot wrote on Wednesday, Nov 13 at 12:14 AM »
You're thinking too small. We should declare all of campus a no hate zone. No. Wait. We should declare all of Alabama a no-hate zone! Better yet, America! SGA GET ON THIS NOW! Hurry up and pass a resolution to make everyone be nice all the time in the whole world! Anything less is unacceptable! War Eagle! AMERICAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
« MatthewBlack wrote on Tuesday, Nov 12 at 11:05 PM »
What are you even talking about? When did "collectivism" become a synonym for being nice to your fellow students? Did you actually mean to comment on some other article about tax reform or something? I have so many questions...
« MatthewBlack wrote on Tuesday, Nov 12 at 10:37 PM »
To be clear, all schools have rules governing how you treat fellow students that often go beyond the constitution. This means you are free to be as big of a dickhead as you want in your personal life--the constitution protects that, and it's why it's perfectly legal to join the KKK or have a swastika as your iPhone background. However, the university itself is free to enforce rules that ensure a vibrant and peaceful campus community, as evinced by this: https://sites.auburn.edu/admin/universitypolicies/Policies/PolicyRegardingtheProhibitedHarassmentofStudents.pdf All this resolution does is explicitly extend the above policies to the stadium to make them more visible and easier to enforce, which seems quite reasonable as Jordan-Hare is located on campus and filled with students. Technically, this "most conservative school in the nation" has already taken away your first amendment rights (as you define them, anyway). Also, I really hope your profile name is not accurate this week, as my fantasy team is up against Cam...
« 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.
« thejet wrote on Tuesday, Nov 12 at 08:27 PM »
I think that this resolution is a step in the right direction of Auburn recognizing all students as part of the Auburn Family. I would be proud to attend a University that will take a stance against hatred. It would show that we have a "spirit that is not afraid" to stand up for one another, regardless of our differences.
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