Most former college students over 40 wouldn’t recognize the world of academia today.
Historically, the focus for students was to simply learn the curriculum and the role of the professor was to provide a cohesive learning environment to allow that to happen.
Fast forward to 2018, where safe spaces have replaced formal debate clubs on many college campuses, and politically correct speech is the only form of communication acceptable.
Case in Point; The University of Texas has authored a written decree banning all forms of “rude” and “insensitive” speech. The manifesto doesn’t explain what constitutes “rude” or “insensitive” speech, leaving those in violation in perpetual limbo, and those enforcing this disturbing directive to purposely censor whatever they like.
The chilling edict created by the university is of course unconstitutional. The mandate singles out The First Amendment, and those conservative students who are frequent targets of both progressive professors and their minions attempting to shut down political discourse, especially those students who belong to the “Young Conservatives of Texas” an influential political group on campus.
The harassment against students and groups who express a certain political point of view, as “rude” and or “incentive” was finally challenged on Thursday when the conservative group filed a lawsuit against the public university.
The lawsuit contends that officials at the university have “created an elaborate investigatory and disciplinary apparatus to suppress, punish, and deter speech” that some find offensive, ignoring its loss in the U.S. District Court in Austin 14 years ago. Also a ruling in favor of a campus pro-life group, which was later upheld by the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which sued the university for barring anonymous speech.
In another instance of intolerance, a university attempted to force a comedian (it had invited to perform prior to a charity show), to sign off on a prepared document as a condition to his performance on stage.
The University of London contacted Russian Comedian Konstantin Kisin, to perform, when according to his booking agent PJ Media; he received along with his contract a bizarre list of conditions.
Fisayo Eniolorunda, the club’s event organizer, in a Sunday email to Kisin and four other comedians wrote “Attached is a short behavioral agreement form that we will ask for you to sign on the day to avoid problems.”
The email continued, “This comedy night… aims to provide a safe space for everyone to share and listen to comedy,” states the behavioral agreement form. “This contract has been written to ensure an environment where joy, love, and acceptance are reciprocated by all.”
“By signing this contract, you are agreeing to our no tolerance policy with regards to racism, sexism, classism, ageism, ableism, homophobia, biphobia, transphobia, xenophobia, Islamophobia or anti-religion or anti-atheism.”
Adding, “All topics must be presented in a way that is respectful and kind. It does not mean that these topics can not be discussed. But, it must be done in a respectful and non-abusive way.”
Kisin response on Twitter, “I just received an invitation to perform *comedy* at a university”
Adding, “The title of this “contract” nearly made me puke!”
— Konstantin Kisin (@KonstantinKisin) December 10, 2018
So much for tolerance, now for the corruption, Fei Wang a tenured professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign was fired for falsifying research data in order to receive grant funding.
According to the Chicago Tribune, “Fei Wang, an associate professor of cell and molecular biology, was terminated following a special meeting of university trustees Friday, concluding a years-long review of his work. Board members determined that Wang had fabricated and falsified scientific data in grant applications to the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation.”
The Tribune reports that “the falsification involved passing off mouse cells as human cells and submitting results from experiments that were never performed.”
The good professor had received more then $300,000 in grant money, before the scam was uncovered. According to the school’s board of trustees Wang has been terminated.
The official written termination on Friday concluded, “Prof. Wang is without question a highly intelligent, likable, and charismatic scientist. However, the record supporting his fabrication of data and falsification of laboratory results, his submission of mouse cells rather than human cells in his data, his failure to mentor and supervise his students is overwhelming and beyond unacceptable. Prof. Wang’s misconduct has already required the university to return substantial sums of research funds to the federal government.”