Cornell University is encouraging students to turn in their peers by filing bias reports against fellow students who show “negative reactions” to “Safe Place”.
“Safe Place” is a school sponsored project that seeks to “affirm LGBTQ identities and lives and promote an affirmative and supportive environment.” This project hands out cards and pins to participating students; they are supposed to broadcast that the person in question doesn’t discriminate and “won’t tolerate discrimination” that they come across.
A flyer that is being circulated about the project asks the question, “What if someone discriminates against me because I support Safe Place?” The flyer answers:
“Negative reactions tend to be very rare. If they do occur, report it to the Office of Workforce Diversity, Equity, and Life Quality via a Bias Reporting Team member, such as the Coordinator of the LGBT Resource Center.”
Cornell’s Bias Reporting web page describes a “bias incident” as “an act of bigotry, harassment, or intimidation that occurs on the Cornell campus or within an area that impacts the Cornell community and that one could reasonably conclude is directed at a member or a group of the Cornell community because of that individual’s or group’s actual or perceived age, color, creed, disability, ethnicity, gender, gender identity or expression, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any combination of these or related factors.”
The school already has a nondiscrimination policy that defines a bias activity as “action taken that one could reasonably and prudently conclude is motivated, in whole or in part, by the alleged offender’s bias against an actual or perceived aspect of diversity.” However, Safe Place is being circulated as the public action to represent this nondiscrimination policy.
Cornell had 113 bias incidents in 2016, and 28 were based on “gender/gender identity/expression”; some of them complained that professors used the wrong pronouns.
The LGBT Resource Center at Cornell is overseeing Safe Place. On their website, they have an entire page dedicated to the use of pronouns. The introduction reads, “There are two sets of commonly used gender-neutral pronouns: sie, hir, hir, hirs, hirself; zie, zir, zir, zirs, zirself.”
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(H/T: Campus Reform)