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"Book him, Dan-o. He hurt my feelings."
Being nice at Albertson College in Caldwell isn't just a good idea. It's the law.
A stupid law, according to the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education.
Ours is a crass age. You would think a niceness policy would earn applause. You would think people would appreciate concern for civility, decorum and other people's feelings.
Albertson College's policy was cited as the foundation's July 2005 Speech Code of the Month.
The harassment policy in Albertson's student handbook forbids "any comments or conduct relating to a person's race, gender, religion, disability, age or ethnic background that fail to respect the dignity and feelings of the individual...
Schools: The College of Idaho