Author Archives: Jillian Kay Melchior

{FD} Princeton librarian: ‘Our job to silence’ people skeptical of microaggressions

A librarian at prestigious Princeton University thinks it’s her job to “silence” people who are skeptical of so-called “microagressions”, according to a personal email reviewed exclusively by Heat Street. Continue reading

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{FD} Jury in Rolling Stone trial hears about accuser’s ‘suicide’ plan

A federal judge in Virginia dismissed one element of a $7.5 million defamation suit brought by a University of Virginia dean against Rolling Stone over its November 2014 story detailing an alleged fraternity gang rape. Continue reading

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{FD} Univ. of Northern Colorado students forced to use ‘mandatory’ gender-neutral language

More colleges around the country are launching “inclusive language” campaigns that encourage students to avoid everyday words and phrases that could possibly offend someone, somewhere—”hey guys,” “mankind” and “man-made” are just a few of the terms now frowned upon. Continue reading

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{FD} Students at prestigious Boston school claim dress code perpetuates rape culture

Administrators at prestigious Boston Latin School have been embroiled in a dispute with female students over rape culture. Continue reading

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{FD} Calif. university deems ‘man,’ ‘secretary,’ ‘male nurse’ not inclusive enough

“Secretary” is an exclusive word that’s inappropriate to use, California State University Fullerton told students on a handout about gender-inclusive language. Continue reading

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{FD} Colleges now offering ‘safe spaces’ for students to take naps

Over the past two years, universities have embraced nap pods and nap rooms to address what California State University calls “the sleep crisis on college campuses.” Continue reading

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{FD} Student government at American University demands ‘trigger warnings’ on every syllabus

American University’s student government is pushing back against a faculty resolution that embraces freedom of speech, launching a #LetUsLearn campaign that demands mandatory trigger warnings at the top of each syllabus. Continue reading

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{FD} Duke offers men a ‘safe space’ to contemplate their ‘toxic masculinity’

Duke University is famous for its science and engineering programs, as well as its dominance in college basketball. Continue reading

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{FD} Mizzou police reports show racial slurs hurled in shouting match outside fraternity

By the time University of Missouri police arrived at the Delta Upsilon fraternity, following up on allegations of a racial slur targeting black students, the situation had devolved into a tense shouting match, according to police records obtained exclusively by Heat Street. Continue reading

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{FD} University of Michigan professors instructed to stick to ‘preferred pronouns’

The University of Michigan yesterday unveiled a new webpage that allows students to choose their preferred pronouns, including “they” and “ze.” Continue reading

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{FD} New protests at Mizzou after Fraternity shouts racial slurs

It’s starting again at Mizzou. Continue reading

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{FD} University of Wisconsin-La Crosse student ‘very upset’ over dorm’s Harry Potter mural

A University of Wisconsin-La Crosse student had a serious complaint for his campus’ official “Hate Response Team”: he was “very upset” by a Harry Potter mural in a college dorm. Continue reading

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{FD} In growing trend, colleges offer ball pits for students seeking emotional satefy

“Ball pits” for social justice warriors are apparently now a thing on college campuses. Continue reading

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{FD} Purdue kicks off semester with free speech training

As college kicks off across the United States, students at the Mizzou, Oregon State University, Virginia Tech, the University of Wisconsin Madison and other universities sat through diversity and sensitivity training. Continue reading

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{FD} Ivy League colleges gear up for fight with union organizers

Graduate students at Columbia University count as employees under federal labor law and may now vote to unionize, the Democrat-controlled National Labor Relations Board ruled Tuesday. Continue reading

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{FD} University of Iowa scraps plans for Bias Response Team

The University of Iowa has scrapped plans to create a Bias Assessment and Response Team after determining that such bodies often become what one administrator called “scolding bodies” that can create as many problems as they are intended to solve. Continue reading

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{FD} College’s Bias Incident Team cries foul over ‘3 blind mice’ Halloween costumes

A university “Bias Incident Team” took a carving knife to three students’ “three blind mice” Halloween costumes last fall, saying the costumes mocked the disabled. Continue reading

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{FD} College ditches Cinco de Mayo celebration because of 1 student complaint

A student at Framingham State University in Massachusetts filed a report to the Bias Incident Response Team this spring, claiming the campus had overtly disrespected Latino and Mexican Culture. Continue reading

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{FD} Yale sets up committee to rename buildings deemed racist, offensive

Amid growing complaints about university property named after “racist” and slaveholding historical figures, Yale announced yesterday that it has formed a Committee to Establish Principles on Renaming. Continue reading

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{FD} Kansas school district hits the ‘pause button’ on microaggression policy

Kansas school kids can breathe a sigh of relief — they won’t have to worry about being expelled over any microaggressions. Continue reading

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{FD} Colorado school dials back ‘bias response team’ amid censorship complaints

After Heat Street reported earlier this month on how the University of Northern Colorado’s Bias Response Team policed speech on campus and in the classroom, a university spokesperson has told the local newspaper “there are some pieces that we can do better next time.” Continue reading

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