University of Oregon releases list of bias incidents

From Campus Reform: The Bias Response Team (BRT) at University of Oregon recently released its 2014-2015 Annual Report summarizing 85 bias related incidents reported to its staff by the campus community.
The BRT has come under fire by media and professors for responding to seemingly trivial complaints by members of the campus community.
UO’s Tobin Klinger told The College Fix that the purpose of the BRT is to, “assist students and others who feel that they have witnessed or been the victim of bias.” The BRT website notes that bias is not exclusive to race and gender, but may also include political or religious ideology.
While the BRT is not allowed to discipline allegedly biased individuals, they are able to forward complaints to other university departments that have such capabilities. Out of the 85 incidents outlined in the Annual Report, seven were passed along to other departments. Furthermore, the BRT often responds to incidents by requesting conversations or trainings with offenders. Incidents resulted in some sort of contact with the offender or their superiors.
Some are concerned that such meetings may constitute intimidation, preventing members of the campus community from exercising their right to free speech. Adam Steinbaugh, an attorney for the Foundation of Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), says the BRT’s responses may be opportunity for greater dialogue, but they also, “may be likely to chill protected expression.”
One reported incident involved a “sexist” housing sign that encouraged people to clean up after themselves. Another complaint came from an international student who was upset that he was not admitted into an academic program.
Other incidents included a poster featuring a “triggering image” related to body size, a “culturally appropriative themed party,” a newspaper giving “less press coverage to trans students and students of color,” and one student “purposefully avoid[ing another student] in a biased manner.”
Since it is unclear whether or not meetings with BRT are mandatory, a person of interest in a bias related incident may be fearful of, “rebuff[ing] a member of the BRT…without facing reprisals,” notes Reason’s Robby Soave.
Kyu Ho Youm, a professor at the University of Oregon’s School of Journalism and Communication, wrote in The Oregonian that he became concerned about the BRT after he asked if anyone in his class would be offended by the statement, “America is still the land of freedom and opportunity.” One student raised their hand.
Since the BRT has been in place since 1999 with little criticism, Youm said perhaps it is time for, “those of us who understand that free speech versus cultural sensitivity is not a zero-sum game [to] scrutinize the BRT in an uninhibited, robust and wide-open way.”
You have GOT to read some of the incidents reported by these easily-offended special snowflakes. Examples include:

  • A staff member reported that a poster featured a triggering image. Bias Type: Body Size
  • A student reported a culturally appropriative themed party. Bias Type: Ethnicity, Race
  • An anonymous student reported that a newspaper gave less press coverage to trans students and students of color. Bias Type: Ethnicity, Race, Political Affiliation
  • A student reported an offensive comment written on the whiteboard of a resident. Bias Type: Size
  • A staff member reported that residents made inappropriate gender-based comments. Bias Type: Gender
  • A group of graduate students reported experiences of exclusion and a lack of cultural competency in their department. Bias Type: Ability, Immigration Status, Gender Identity/Expression, Age, Ethnicity, Gender, Race, Political Affi liation, Nationality, Social Class

Read the whole report here.

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i can’t wait till these special snowflakes get out of college and enter the real world. who are they going to run to crying then?

4 years ago

Read between the lines on this one:
“An instructor reported that a student called them a derogatory slur in a course evaluation.
Bias Type: Gender, Gender Identity/Expression
Location: Online
Response: A BRT Advocate spoke with the reporter, and a BRT Case Manager met with the registrar, who was able to have the slur redacted from the evaluation and is exploring the possibility of preventing this in the future.”
“Instructor” (singular)
“… called THEM” (plural)
Them. Gender identity bias.
I’m offended by the deliberate improper use of grammar. Is that a bias crime?

4 years ago

The b doesn’t stand for bias, the b stands for brownshirt (or possibly brainwashed). One wonders presently, if a student is discriminated against for being white, having dreadlocks, being straight and rebuffing being approached sexually by degenerates who are not mentally competent to understand their own gender and that no means no, would that be viewed as bias on the straight student’s part, or on the part of the aggressors? (Dreadlocks, by the way are not culturally appropriated from folks with more melanin content, they actually filched it from other cultures, have a look: .) Unfortunately, I suspect the… Read more »

Dr. Eowyn
Dr. Eowyn
4 years ago

Studies have documented that since the 1980s, America’s youth increasingly are narcissistic and that the precious snowflakes of Generation-Y Millennials today are even more so. One of the attributes of the Narcissistic Personality Disorder is that the narcissist easily takes offense at real or perceived criticisms.

4 years ago
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Yep, another expert DCG. This person can vote and reproduce. NO worries here at all.

4 years ago

I have to feel sorry for them-when they have to live in the REAL WORLD,they’ll never make it unless they learn how to let insults and offensive comments just roll off. That “I’m offended…”BS is a fatal flaw in business,and their opponents will use it to beat the Politically Correct stuffing out of ’em whenever they get the chance. Note to the “precious snowflakes”-Toughen up,creampuffs!

4 years ago

How pathetic, U of Oregon, go figure. Eugene, where old hippies go to die, to use their precious bodies to produce tofu, Nancy’s yogurt(is disgusting) or some other nefarious vegan, liberal food type substance like vegan bacon, watered by the water from all these precious snowflakes who instantly will melt upon entering the real world. U of O, where the PC offended wankers, freaks, hippies, fairies, earth muffins, tree huggers and spoiled brats all frolic together with hairy womyn you can see and SMELL from 100′ away. I have always found STINKgene and U of O offensive, rank and where… Read more »