University Speech Codes

Not really a government thing, but one can only wonder if the feds would try to institute something like this in the name of political correctness.

Courtesy of

  • Bowdoin College banned jokes and stories “experienced by others as harassing.”
  • Brown University banned “verbal behavior” that produces “feelings of impotence, anger, or disenfranchisement,” whether “intentional or unintentional.”
  • Colby College outlawed speech that causes “a vague sense of danger” or a loss of “self-esteem.”
  • The University of Connecticut outlawed “inconsiderate jokes,” “stereotyping” and even “inappropriately directed laughter.”
  • The University of Buffalo Law School stated that students’ free speech is limited by “the responsibility to promote equality and justice.”
  • Syracuse University outlawed “offensive remarks…sexually suggestive staring…[and] sexual, sexist, or heterosexist remarks or jokes.”
  • West Virginia University instructed incoming students and faculty that they must “use language that is not gender specific…. Instead of referring to anyone’s romantic partner as ‘girlfriend’ or ‘boyfriend,’ use positive generic terms such as ‘friend,’ ‘lover,’ or partner.’” Until recently, WVU enforced “free speech zones” (in reality, “censorship zones”) that comprised only one percent of the public campus.
  • Finally, the University of North Dakota defined as harassment anything that intentionally produces “psychological discomfort, embarrassment, or ridicule” (a category of no small scope).

At first I thought this was a joke, but then I realized this is too stupid to be a joke. You cant make crap like this up.

Out of sheer boredom, I called UCONN and asked them what “inappropriately directed laughter” was. The woman who answered the phone stated that it was “laughter that one may deem derogatory”. I asked her what the hell that meant and she hung up on me.


~ by antifed on October 25, 2006.

One Response to “University Speech Codes”

  1. So called “political correctness” is the new censorship and the biggest threat to freedom of speech.
    Much of it is window-dressing… because no matter how “correct” something may sound, it is the meaning and the intention that matters in the end.

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