College Students Advised To Avoid Offensive Words

February 13, 2015

By Bob Kellogg at OneNewsNow

An Upper Midwest university has taken the dubious step of beginning an “inclusive language campaign.”

The University of Michigan wants to tell students that words such as “illegal alien,” “ghetto” and “crazy” are unsuitable because someone might be offended. However, Azhar Majeed of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) says this isn’t quite a First Amendment issue.

“It appears students will not be subject to censorship or disciplinary action,” he tells OneNewsNow. “At the same time, I can’t help but think that there will be some level of a chilling effect when students are being told, Watch what you say, don’t use certain words, and refrain from saying things that might be offensive to other students.”

He says this is indicative of a growing trend on campuses where students believe they have a right not to be offended.

“There is simply no right not to be offended, especially when you’re talking about college campuses where students are meant to engage in dialogue and unfettered rhetoric,” he says.

Derek Draplin, a senior student who is editor-in-chief of The Michigan Review campus newspaper, states the university should not be telling students what words they can and cannot say.

Schools: University of Michigan – Ann Arbor