Thursday, December 06, 2007

Under revision 

FIRE has announced that its plan to make Metro State's university community conduct code its speech code of the month was dealt a deadly blow, when it was pulled for revision. It contained language that prohibited "manifestations of prejudice regarding race, ethnicity, religion or sexual orientation."

Interestingly, the Metro State policy doesn't seem to conform with the 1B.1 Policy and Procedure of the Minnesota State Colleges and University System, which controls the policies at Metro, SCSU and other of its institutions. From the procedure:
Not every act that may be offensive to an individual or group constitutes discrimination or harassment. Harassment includes action beyond the mere expression of views, words, symbols or thoughts that another individual finds offensive. To constitute a violation of Board Policy 1B.1, conduct must be considered sufficiently serious to deny or limit a student�s or employee�s ability to participate in or benefit from the services, activities, or privileges provided by Minnesota State Colleges and Universities.
I'm no lawyer, so I don't know how elastic that standard is to meet, but at least there's something there.