Jun 30, 2016 12:58 AM EDT
Northern Colorado University Reacts To Bias Response Team Sanctions On Transgender, Gay Classroom Discussions
Following the Northern Colorado University Bias Response Team policed speech on campus and in the classroom, the University spokesperson relayed his response through a local newspaper. According to Katrina Rodriguez, "These are pieces that we can do better next."
"It is not our intent, we don't want to be in the process of censoring" the Student Organization's Dean Rodriguez told Greeley Tribune.
After reviewing Northern Colorado University's more than 200 pages of records, Bias Response Team asked professors to change their teaching lessons and style after students reported that they were offended, Heat Street revealed. The professors had previously asked their students to weigh the opposing arguments about social issues, including rights of gay and transgender.
Northern Colorado University's Rodriguez further said that they can revisit the topic and inspect the elements that affected the discussion. She also expressed that there may be other ways on how to look into the matter than choosing to shut down the debates in classrooms.
Rodriguez specifically chose not to magnify her response to inquiries about the matter. The Bias Response Team are recently planning to change the discussion mechanisms in classrooms and that both parties are already waiting for the effects that the pending changes are going to bring forth.
Three of the Northern Colorado University administrators in the Dean of Student's Office, who oversee the Bias Response Team, could not be reached for comments.
Previously, the Bias Response Team had hung 680 warning posters on students' campus with offensive words and phrases including crazy, hey guys and poor college student. Rodriguez, on the other hand, had told Heat Street a month ago that equating posters to censorship was a flawed premise.
Bias Response Team's existence and the concerns about their censorious potential is not limited to the University of Northern Colorado only. The Individual Foundation for Education Rights has identified more than 150 Bias Response Teams nationwide.
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