Cornell administrators are encouraging students who encounter "negative reactions" to the school's "Safe Place" project to report them to a "Bias Reporting Team member."
Campus Reform obtained flyers apparently created and distributed by the school's LGBT Resource Center. Among several questions the flyer asks and answers is, "What if someone discriminates against me because I support Safe Place?"
"Negative reactions tend to be very rare," says the answer. "If they do occur, report it to the Office of Workforce Diversity, Equity, and Life Quality via a Bias Reporting Team member, such as the Coordinator of the LGBT Resource Center."
According to the flyer, Cornell's Safe Place project aims "to affirm LGBTQ identities and lives and promote and affirmative and supportive environment," and "to use inclusive language, avoid stereotyping, and not assume everyone is heterosexual," among other goals. The website included on the flyer redirects to the university's LGBT Resource Center page. The last cached version of the site that does not link to a 404 page is from 2008, but bears the same logo.
Two points: First, discrimination is, of course, wrong, but the term "negative reaction" is extremely broad. For a school that, as an example, encourages students to practice using transgender pronouns, the term could easily encompass the speech of well-meaning students who simply don't accept progressive concepts of gender identity.
Second, pay attention to the sheer layers of bureaucracy in the flyer, asking students who encounter "negative reactions" to report them "to the Office of Workforce Diversity, Equity, and Life Quality via a Bias Reporting Team member, such as the Coordinator of the LGBT Resource Center."
The Coordinator of the LGBT Resource Center, who is a Bias Reporting Team member, which is part of the Office of Workforce Diversity, Equity, and Life Quality? All this to report a "negative reaction" from a classmate.
Bureaucracies dominated by progressive administrators create and enforce these procedures. The broadness of the term "negative reaction" combined with the university's encouragement to students to report on their peers creates an infantilizing campus culture where students whose thoughts subvert progressive dogma are afraid to say so.
Emily Jashinsky is a commentary writer for the Washington Examiner.