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What constitutes harrassing speech?
As we are an institution (a public one) that primarily serves South Dakota, should the content taught in classes show sensitivity to the viewpoints of the people of South Dakota? Taking into consideration that South Dakotans are more conservative than Clay County.
*Taking into consideration that South Dakotans are more conservative than the people that live in Clay County.
@ramon.roasrio Does that include the original people tha texisted here proir to the statehood of South Dakota, the Oceti Shakowin?
Will there be a formal process to handle complaints that a student has been treated unfairly due to disagreement with the discipline as taught?
@ramon.rosario Absolutely we should be including and respecting the viewpoints of the people of South Dakota. We should also teach about other cultures, as USD graduates might travel outside of the midwest after their time at USD. But that does not mean berating SD culture and the students that we serve.
I think it's important for the Board and the University to understand, if they do not already, that the rhetoric employed by state legislators around both free speech and diversity issues often sounds less like a defense of viewpoint neutrality, and more like an attack on liberals. As a result, some USD employees feel that their speech has been chilled. What can the Board and University say today to reassure liberals that public outrage against their professionally defensible speech will not result in silencing or firing?
To clarify the last comment, we are required to engage in debate about scientific consensus if a student brings it up?
Hence derailing the course schedule?
Cindy is right. People ARE scared.
Wow! That’s awesome that Cindy spoke out!
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Hi Tyler - if the questions posed here will not be asked, will the officials on the panel be able to see them afterward?
Yes, anything not addressed during the forum due to time will be passed on to the panel
Right on Marcus!
Thank you for sharing your thoughts, Marcus.
Is there a legal distinction between censoring and condemning hate speech not meeting the legal definition of harassment? If so, would the university be willing to condemn it?
Thank you for your comments both in the forum and in the group chat. My experience has been different. I am Latino and USD has been very welcoming and supportive to me.
What is the University’s interest & dedication in attracting, hiring and supporting diverse faculty and administration?
I know the panel has been distancing itself from the letter that went out, but it does explicitly mention hiring faculty with a conservative viewpoint. The president has stated that hiring based on ideology is illegal, so how do we square this?
A great deal of this conversation has been focused on protecting academic freedom for faculty. That's critical, and I'm glad to see it. But given the educational role that so many administrators play, I will ask what attention, if any, will be paid to developing policies to protect them, as well?
(An example would be non-faculty librarians.)
What I understand from the new rule is that if a student says something like… “During Donald Trump’s presidency unemployment has gone down” in an Macro economics class, he or she will not be ridicule or told that it was a bad comment to say because it might praise Trump. Am I right?