All Your Freedoms Are Belong to Us

Alec Weisman, Editor-in-Chief

The UCSD administration is at it again, preemptively seeking to serve as thought police to reduce hate, bias, harassment and discrimination from existence by asking YOU to report on your fellow students. (Even though often UCSD is often the biggest offender, for example: HDH serving food which could be perceived as racist for Martin Luther King Jr. Day and Black history month)

This email was sent out minutes ago…

From: “Chancellor Fox”
Date: February 1, 2011 12:02:31 PM PST
To: “UCSD All Academics and Staff”
Subject: Office for the Prevention of Harassment and Discrimination
Reply-To: adminrec@ucsd.edu

UCSD CAMPUS NOTICE
University of California, San Diego

OFFICE OF THE CHANCELLOR
February 1, 2011

ALL AT UCSD

SUBJECT: Office for the Prevention of Harassment and Discrimination

I am pleased to announce that the Office of Sexual Harassment Prevention and Policy has agreed to take on the role of a centralized bias reporting office, effective February 1, 2011. The new office, the Office for the Prevention of Harassment and Discrimination (OPHD), is intended to supplement existing systems to respond to complaints about bias, discrimination or harassment, to coordinate resources, and to provide a central point of contact for faculty, students or staff. It will be responsible for the following:

* Providing a place where any member of the University community can submit a complaint of alleged bias, harassment or discrimination;

* Working with complainants, either directly or by referring them to other UC San Diego offices, to resolve complaints informally; and

* Conducting fair and impartial formal investigations if informal resolution efforts are unsuccessful.

OPHD will continue to oversee UC San Diego’s responsibilities for addressing complaints of sexual harassment, and will also provide a place where students and faculty can bring alleged complaints of other types of discrimination or harassment. It will work collaboratively with Equal Opportunity/Staff Affirmative Action in responding to staff complaints of discrimination and in providing training on these important issues. OPHD will also work with the Intergroup Relations Program and many other UC San Diego offices that play important roles in addressing bias and discrimination.

You may contact OPHD at (858) 534-8298 or via email at ophd@ucsd.edu.

You may also visit the website at http://ophd.ucsd.edu. OPHD will also host UC San Diego’s online bias reporting website, http://reportbias.ucsd.edu.

The University’s Nondiscrimination Policies represent a fundamental commitment to equal opportunity that the University must rigorously enforce. An office focused on resolving complaints of bias, harassment or discrimination will help us both fulfill our policy obligations and foster a safe, tolerant and respectful campus climate.

Marye Anne Fox
Chancellor

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2 comments

  1. To quote Monty Python, “Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition.”

    Look how they vaguely define “bias incidents”:

    “Bias incidents are acts of conduct, speech, or expression that target individuals and groups based on race, religion, ethnic/national origin, gender, gender identity, age, disability, or sexual orientation.

    Unlike hate crimes, bias incidents are not criminal offenses. However, some bias incidents may violate University Nondiscrimination policies, the Student Conduct Code or other University policies; other acts of bias may be protected expressions of speech. ”

    So, from the get-go, they’re saying that they have no problem themselves labeling things a thought-crime, and they don’t care – at least in placing these labels – whether or not speech is constitutionally protected – or about legal definitions whatsoever. Sure, they go to say they won’t be able to do anything about it, but they have no problem opening up an investigation and calling some expressions of free speech “bias incident.” ‘

    I’d suggest overloading the office with reports about any staff member, student or professor that says anything even remotely critical (or even not 100% supportive) of Americans, Christians, Caucasians, males, straights, Jews, Israelis, etc., in any context whatsoever. “Target” is pretty ill-defined. Heck, just saying something like “Americans are fat and lazy” is aimed at national origin/citizenship (United States) and body type.

  2. Not to mention… tax-dollars and student-fees are being spent to investigate “bias incidents” which they ADMIT they have absolutely no authority over. So, rather than spending the money on a few more S-spots, or one more salaried professor to bring classroom size down a tad, they’ll spend oodles of public funds on staff to conduct witch-hunts, intimidation and indoctrination.

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