Image Credits for site
Banner and preface images created from three images:
- Farm scene and books from SVG Silth by way of Pixabay
- Checks and X's from SVG Silth
Notes and credits for "There once was a child of the homestead who..."
Definitions of harassment
Recently, Syracuse made matters even worse by broadening the scope of its “Code of Student Conduct” to bystanders. The revisions added, in part, the bolded text below:
- Assistance, participation in, promotion of, or perpetuation of harassment, whether physical, digital, oral, written or video, including any violation of the Syracuse University Anti-Harassment Policy or Sexual Harassment, Abuse, and Assault Prevention Policy. Bias-related incidents, including instances of hate speech, may qualify as harassment under this Code and the University’s Anti-Harassment Policy.
- Assistance, participation in, promotion of, or perpetuation of conduct, whether physical, electronic, oral, written or video, which threatens the mental health, physical health, or safety of anyone.
The Code doesn’t provide any further information about what constitutes “promotion of” or “perpetuation of” harassment, making the policy exceedingly vague and difficult to follow. If a student stands silently next to a person who is harassing someone, will they also be held responsible? What about if they simply retweet a message that is purportedly part of a pattern of behavior that threatens the “mental health” of another person?
Given that hostile environment harassment typically involves a pattern of repeated conduct, how is a bystander supposed to know that one incident they’re observing is actually the tenth in a series of incidents that has potentially created a hostile environment?
Concerning free speech in off campus activities
In July, Fordham undergrad Austin Tong was placed on probation and barred from campus because of two social media posts he made. One memorialized the anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre, and the other was critical of what Tong characterized as the insufficient attention paid to the killing of former St. Louis Police Captain David Dorn.
Policy sausage from the other side:
A blog discussing key ideas as:
- The Practices of Freedom: Freedom of Speech, Academic Freedom, and Shared Governance (it is that "shared governance" thing that gets you here)
- Defining and Practicing Deep Civility on College Campuses (what exactly is "deep civility"?)
- Practicing Vigorous Civility (So our "civility" must be both "deep" and "vigorous." Do I detect a progression in activity here?)
And so much more!