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The University of Oregon’s Thought Police Investigate Students for Saying Anything

A fascinating, frightening glimpse into the activities of the Bias Response Team.

FearDreamstime“A staff member reported that residents made inappropriate gender-based comments. A [Bias Response Team] Case Manager referred the case to Sexual Violence Support Services.” – a "bias incident" summary

What happens when members of a university community allege that they were victims of a “bias” incident? A team of administrators intervene—no matter how petty the complaint.

An annual report on the activities of University of Oregon’s Bias Response Team provides a frightening yet fascinating glimpse into the practices of these organizations, which are common on college campuses. Students, faculty, and staff who feel threatened, harassed, intimidated, triggered, microaggressed, offended, ignored, under-valued, or objectified because of their race, gender, gender identity, sexuality, disability status, mental health, religion, political affiliation, or size are encouraged to contact the BRT.

The team is composed of seven administrators, which include Oregon’s “multicultural inclusion support specialist,” LGBT director, and “Native American Retention Specialist.” The BRT’s goal is to eradicate bias on campus, making Oregon a safer place. Bias is defined as “any physical, spoken, or written act” that targets another person, even unintentionally. The team’s posters propose examples of bias incidents: statements like “Thanks, sweetie,” and “I don’t see color,” apparently qualify. (The former is patronizing, the latter is simply wrongthink, I guess.)

If you’re not sure what exactly the BRT does, its annual report includes a helpful Logic Model. Think Silicon Valley’s “Conjoined Triangles of Success”:

BiasBRT Annual Report

Actually, that’s not very helpful at all, is it? Not to fear: the report also includes summaries of all 85 of the incident reports filed last year. The BRT documented the nature of every complaint, categorized it, and recorded what response was taken. A thorough review of these summaries suggests to me that the BRT is essentially an administrative thoughtpolice that routinely intervenes in situations where one student’s constitutionally-protected speech has offended another student. The team is also not shy about referring its cases to university agencies with more robust enforcement powers.

Here’s a sampling:

A staff member reported that a poster featured a triggering image.

Bias Type: Body Size

Location: Housing

Response: Reported for information only. A BRT Advocate offered support to the

reporter.

This doesn’t seem like an “incident” at all. Public university students do not have the right to live free of bothersome posters—especially in this case, where it seems likely the poster was subjectively offensive to a single person, for reasons having to do with that person’s body size.

But it’s important to note that the BRT didn’t censor the poster: it merely offered counseling to the person who complained. No one’s free speech rights were trampled.

Sadly, this was not always the case.

A student reported a culturally appropriative themed party.

Bias Type: Ethnicity, Race

Location: Student Programs

Response: A BRT Advocate reached out to the reporter. A BRT Case Manager

met with the president of the student program to discuss the incident.

A faculty member reported that a student group included a derogatory slur in a

Facebook event description.

Bias Type: Ethnicity, Race

Location: Online

Response: A BRT Advocate spoke with the reporter, and a BRT Case Manager held

an educational conversation with the president and the advisor of the group.

A student reported that a professor wrote an insulting comment on their online blog.

Bias Type: Religion

Location: Online

Response: A BRT Advocate met with the reporter, and a BRT Case Manager held a

professional development conversation with the professor.

In these cases, the BRT actually met with the persons accused of perpetrating a bias incident. It should go without saying, but none of these incidents are worthy of an investigation led by university administrators. Students have the right to throw parties, even if those parties are culturally-appropriative. Students have the right to make derogatory statements on Facebook. Professors have the right to post critical comments on blogs. Students do not give up their most basic First Amendment rights when they enroll at Oregon, and professors are entitled to broad academic freedom protections.

And although the BRT evidently lacks the power to sanction the offenders, that might not have been clear to students who were accused of bias and made to have a chat with campus officials working for the Dean of Students. Did the student who hosted the appropriative party know that he wouldn’t and couldn’t be punished for doing so?

Then there were the cases where the alleged victim of the bias incident wasn’t even the one who reported it:

Anonymous staff members reported that another staff member asked a coworker

inappropriate questions and did not refer to them correctly.

Bias Type: Gender Identity/Expression

Location: Campus Dining

Response: A BRT Case Manager contacted the appropriate supervisor, who

checked in with the target of these incidents and held a professional development

conversation with the coworker.

Can you imagine being approached by your supervisor and told that university administrators were looking into your alleged mistreatment—mistreatment you never reported, and may not have even considered to be mistreatment in the first place?

Next were the cases where the BRT essentially informed on the alleged bias perpetrators, reporting them to other authorities:

A staff member reported that residents made inappropriate gender-based comments.

Bias Type: Gender

Location: Housing

Response: A BRT Case Manager referred the case to Sexual Violence

Support Services.

A staff member reported that another staff member made a culturally incompetent

remark while facilitating a training.

Bias Type: Ability, Gender Identity/Expression

Location: Administrative Building

Response: A BRT Case Manager referred the case to the Dean of Students.

An anonymous student reported that a professor made a joke about sexual assault.

Bias Type: Gender

Location: Classroom

Response: A BRT Case Manager referred the case to the Offi ce of Affi rmative

Action and Equal Opportunity.

Jokes and insensitive remarks were deemed serious enough for Sexual Violence Support Services, the Dean of Students, and the Equal Opportunity office.

Next were the cases where BRT itself took ridiculous actions:

A student reported that a sign encouraging cleaning up after oneself was sexist.

Bias Type:Gender

Location: Housing

Response: A BRT Advocate met with the reporter and empowered them to

contact Housing staff. A BRT Case Manager followed up to ensure that the sign was

removed, and the program staff had an educational conversation about the issue.

An anonymous student reported that a newspaper gave less press coverage to

trans students and students of color.

Bias Type: Ethnicity, Race, Political Affi liation

Location: Online

Response: A BRT Case Manager held an educational conversation with the

newspaper reporter and editor.

Yes, university administrators had “an educational conversation” with student-journalists about what kinds of stories they should be printing.

Needless to say, the activities of the Bias Response Team should be concerning to anyone who values free speech at Oregon.

“It’s troubling to see the university policing and micro-managing students’ every day interactions,” Azhar Majeed, an attorney at the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, told me. “One can imagine the chilling effects this would have.” (Majeed has also written about bias incident policies for The Huffington Post.)

I contacted both the BRT and the office of the Dean of Students. Neither responded to requests for comment. I will update this post if they do so.

The bias summaries don’t include all the details. It may certainly be the case that some of these incidents were truly concerning, and that the BRT provided a worthwhile resource. But there’s something positively Orwellian about vesting administrators—not faculty, but administrators—with the responsibility to tell students what they should and shouldn’t say. These “conversations” the BRT sponsors reflect a massive power imbalance between students and administrators, since the administrators appear to have the authority to punish the students.

What right-thinking student, having been informed that he is a person of interest in a bias incident, would dare rebuff a member of the BRT who wants to have a conversation about his conduct? Would a student in such a situation feel like he could invoke his First Amendment rights without facing reprisals?

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  • SugarFree||

    staff member made a culturally incompetent remark

    This is my whole day at work.

    I would spread so much chaos with a reporting system like this, when I wasn't being investigated, that is.

  • tarran||

    Find the faculty member who is most closely associated with the inauguration of this system, and use it to make his or her life miserable.

  • Hans Bader||

    When it comes to gender-related or sexual discussions, the Justice Department wants to force the University of New Mexico to do precisely what the University of Oregon is doing: investigate every "unwelcome" comment by any student or faculty member. That would have a massive chilling effect on speech in violation of the First Amendment, and could result in "interim" sanctions against students even before an investigation is complete:

    See law professor Eugene Volokh's discussion of the Justice Department's extreme demand in the Washington Post here:

    https://goo.gl/bVQMFb

    See a longer discussion here, at Liberty Unyielding, of this extreme pro-censorship position taken by the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division based on Title IX and Title IV:

    http://goo.gl/PQ4CiW

  • ||

    Please use html tags for longer urls, rather than url shorteners. With an url shortener (goo.gl, tinyurl) those links could go anywhere. With proper tagging, such as HM uses below you can mouse over the link (orange text) and see where the link is going. Do this as follows, but use angle brackets instead of square brackets:

    [a href="www.example.com"]this text is the linky and appears in orange[/a]

  • grrizzly||

    HTML police are on the beat.

  • ||

    The code police/ They live inside of your screen

  • Scarecrow & WoodChipper Repair||

    It's a conversation!

  • Long Woodchippers||

    Please give a link to a tutorial so I can learn to use html tags here.

  • Kevin Sorbos Manful Locks||

    An anonymous internetter reported that a fellow internetter made derogatory comments about his internetting ability

    Bias Type: internetting

    Location: Online

    Response: A BRT Case Manager held an educational conversation with the offending

    internetter and lashed him with a cat o' nine tails.
  • Heroic Mulatto||

    You mean your institution doesn't have a byzantine system like this? I was told that all institutions of higher education were under the thumb of the Ordo Malleus.

    My entire world-view has been shattered.

  • SugarFree||

    If we went after everyone that called someone "sweetie" around here, the whole campus would be gallows and dunking chairs.

  • PBR Streetgang||

    Maybe that's the whole idea

  • SugarFree||

    We will never willingly give up our ability to condescendingly say "Bless your heart."

  • Intraveneous Woodchipper||

    Translated from southern grandma speak, it means "Jesus fucking christ you're dumb!"

    Lulz

  • Mark6||

    'can't stop laughing!

  • bvandyke||

    almost had coffee through my nose on that one!!!!!

  • ||

    In Soviet Russia, BRT was called 'Political Officer'.

    In Nazi Germany, 'Gestapo'.

    In American corporations, 'HR'.

  • Heroic Mulatto||

    This is why I like living in a region of the country where politeness is expressed by leaving someone alone.

  • SugarFree||

    Bless your heart.

  • Derp-o-Matic 5000||

    Lawd, yes.

  • Heroic Mulatto||

    I remember visiting my friend in Seattle, a few years back. I was walking down the street on a Sunday morning and some dude drove by and honked his horn. I was all like WTF? and almost hit the dirt. When I saw my friend, I asked him what I did wrong that that guy was starting shit. He said "Oh, no, he was just being friendly." I was then filled with rage.

  • SugarFree||

    I only honk at people I know and girls with fine boo-tays.

  • Heroic Mulatto||

    Hmm..I didn't think about the fineness of my booty.

  • Mark6||

    Ugh!

  • JW||

    the whole campus would be gallows and dunking chairs.

    go on....

  • SugarFree||

    Jokes on them. We drained our lake decades ago.

  • JW||

    But, the Lady of the Lake!

  • Chipper Morning Wood||

    You just triggered me. Worst. Movie. Ever.

  • W. Chipper Dove||

    +1 moistened bint

  • Pan Zagloba||

    Ordo Hereticus, ffs!

    Malleus is in charge of IRS.

  • Heroic Mulatto||

    Couldn't find a cool enough picture, so went with that.

  • Pan Zagloba||

    Possibly too late, but how about Gregor Eisenhorn?

  • SimonJester||

    Isn't "Byzantine" a culturally insensitive remark?

    My wife was recently informed, on an online forum, that referring to a skirt as "Bohemian" is unacceptable.

  • Heroic Mulatto||

    If any of those fucking Byzantines here took offense to that, they can kiss my brown ass and go back to Byzantium where they belong! Taking jobs away from hard working Varangians and fraternizing with our women.

  • BiMonSciFiCon||

    is this the real life?

  • fish||

    is this the real life?

    No...not for along time!

  • SimonJester||

    Is this just Fanta Sea?

  • Long Woodchippers||

    No, it's just a fantasy

  • John C. Randolph||

    Ja, die Mädchen in Böhmen sind etwas empfindlich über das.

    -jcr

  • ||

    Let the wrongthink purgation begin, in the name of the emperor

  • Suicidy||

    Get everyone to report everything about everyone all the time. Even morons have to figure out how paralyzing this stupid bullshit really is.

  • GILMORE™||

    members of a university community

    is "student" too limiting a term?

  • SugarFree||

    Staff and professors can also be reported and make reports.

    I know you have a hard-on for Robby, but do attempt to actually read what he writes before nit-picking it to death and whining about it.

  • GILMORE™||

    I know you have a hard-on for Robby, but do attempt to actually read what he writes before nit-picking it to death and whining about it.

    No, i honestly wondered wtf that term applied to. "Students & staff" then. I just think the term "community" is stupid and it has nothing to do with Robby.

  • Drake||

    It is an idiotic term. Soft and fuzzy rather than specific like "students and staff" which describes people paying for this experience and the employees of the institution.

  • SugarFree||

    "Campus/University community" is a perfectly common and innocuous phrase, but I understand you guys desperately need windmills to tilt at.

  • waffles||

    Desperately!

  • GILMORE™||

    I understand you guys desperately need windmills to tilt at.

    U mad?

  • SugarFree||

    No, just bored with your schtick.

  • GILMORE™||

    thinking "community" is a stupid and over-used word is a shtick?

    ok whatever, you're very smart.

  • Eternal Blue Sky||

    Nah, Students & Staff doesn't account for the random hobos that wander onto campus to panhandle.

  • John||

    That is right. We can't let people use hobophobic language or other the hobosexual community.

  • ||

    And actual hobos pride themselves on being willing to work, and disdain people who panhandle as a first resort.

  • John C. Randolph||

    Yeah, hobos tend to look down on bums.

    Oops, I mean "members of the posterior-american community".

    -jcr

  • ||

    Students, faculty, staff and frequent visitors including "student" athletes.

  • Mustang||

    A student reported that a sign encouraging cleaning up after oneself was sexist.

    Bring up littering and pollution in the same vein and watch their heads explode.

  • SimonJester||

    I'm interested to A) see the sign, and B) know how the complainer identifies.

    I hope it was a freshman frat boy, complaining that cleaning up after himself is sexist, because that is women's work.

  • ||

    Please, dude. Anyone who identifies as female can clean.

  • ||

    LOL

  • Trshmnstr, terror of the trash||

    Anyone who identifies as female can clean.

    My wife makes me identify as female every night after dinner when the dishes need done.

  • Onehsancare||

    You know that sign must have been one of those "Your mother doesn't live here--clean up after yourself" iterations. SEXIST PIG!

  • Mrs. Premise||

    That was my first thought too. We had that sign at my office. It was made and posted by a woman.
    My daughter worked there briefly doing filing, and she was like, "Yay! I don't have to clean up after myself." She did though, because she knew better.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    In the social justice system, inappropriate gender-based comments are considered especially heinous. At the University of Oregon, the dedicated administrators who investigate these vicious aggressions are members of an elite squad called the Bias Response Team. These are their stories.

  • Crusty Juggler||

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    Classic episode.

  • SugarFree||

    Every episode starts with someone walking their chinchilla stumbling across a bias incident.

  • ||

    stumbling across a bias incident

    Is that like pole-vaulting a mouse turd?

  • SugarFree||

    Halp! BRT!

  • Chipper Morning Wood||

  • Chipper Morning Wood||

    This one is better:

    https://imgur.com/gallery/9h9r4JJ

  • Citizen X||

    PIKACHU NOOOOO

  • SimonJester||

    Yes, I think, "BRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRT!" is indeed the right response to this shit.

    http://imgur.com/gallery/IHcov

  • Chipper Morning Wood||

    "We have a code RED. I repeat, code RED!!! A student has reported a homophobic T shirt!"

    Cut to whaambulance speeding with its light on. Uniformed BRT officers jump out upon seeing a hipster curled in a fetal position, manbun in disarray, iPhone shattered on the pavement.

    "Everly, teddy bears! Rumor, get the wrap!! Holden, set up safe space perimeter!!"

    Holden rushes to set up dogpen around the are. Rumor starts wrapping the victim in bubble wrap. Everly runs out of the whaambulance with an armful of teddybears.

    Intro credits begin.

  • Kevin Sorbos Manful Locks||

    I'm imagining it like that scene from Black Hawk Down, where the brave BRT members struggle amidst a hail of mean-word-fire to put arterial clamps on his tear ducts before he dies of dehydration.

  • Los Doyers||

    HEARD THIS ONE BEFORE I THINK

  • Robby Soave||

    +1

  • FreeToFear||

  • SatanicBunniesOfDeath||

    The best comment I've ever seen in Reason. Plus, you were noticed by senpai.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    I know, right? Yet they all hate me here!

  • Crusty Juggler||

    I literally can't with this one you guys.

  • waffles||

    Look at this guy, he can't even.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    Literally.

  • CE||

    statements like “Thanks, sweetie,” and “I don’t see color,” apparently qualify. (The former is patronizing, the latter is simply wrongthink

    So micro-aggressions like this would definitely get you reported:

    I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.

  • ||

    That was, like, a hunnert years ago and shit.

  • Derp-o-Matic 5000||

    What if the person is actually colorblind? Is this not othering him for his handicap?

    But, yes, you are correct. MLK was a doubleplusungoodfulthinker, but he gets a pass because he was black.

  • JW||

    I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.

    GET HIM!

  • CE||

    And isn't having four kids a microaggression against Gaia?

  • John||

    This is so rife for civil disobedience. If college students were anything but pathetic drones, they could torture these people. Just start filing complaints. Complain about anything. Overwhelm the system with frivolous complaints and make it impossible for them to get anything done. What are they going to do? Punish the victims of bias for bringing a complaint?

  • tarran||

    If college students were anything but pathetic drones,

    I overheard someone make sexist and transphobic remarks about students, imputing cowardice to non cismales. The incident happened on the Internet in a chatroom and it occured at 5/10/2016 at 3:52.

  • John||

    Call the response team. Seriously, you could have so much fun fucking with these people.

    "Hello, someone had their TV on and were watching a show that used gender specific pronouns and you could hear it in the hall"

    "My dorm floor has an exit sign that is sexist and racist".

    I can't make up one more ridiculous than the "be sure to clean up after yourself sign is sexist". So you wouldn't even have to try. Just start calling them.

  • SugarFree||

    "My grilled cheese misgendered me!"

  • John||

    The cafeteria served culturally appropriated food.

  • SugarFree||

    I imagine someone has complained about meat being served by now.

  • Derp-o-Matic 5000||

    That one's not an exaggeration. Rico has documented instances of cafeteria food being called out as culturally appropriative.

  • Rational Exuberance||

    The name "cafeteria" was culturally appropriated from South American Hispanics! And don't get me started on where coffee was culturally appropriated from!

  • Stevecsd||

    You mean Ethiopia?

  • Derp-o-Matic 5000||

    She wouldn't sleep with me because I'm fat and socially inept. That's ableism!

  • SugarFree||

    And neurtotypicalnormativism!

  • JW||

    Call the response team. Seriously, you could have so much fun fucking with these people.

    This may work. You know they're going to have paperwork.

    These types love paperwork; collating, filing, re-filing, stamping, re-denying the denial, etc. Bury them.

  • ||

    Call the response team. Seriously, you could have so much fun fucking with these people.

    Hello, my friend in a wheelchair is regularly being pushed around and is always being talked about behind his back...

  • Chipper Morning Wood||

    "If college students were anything but pathetic drones,"

    I overheard someone make derogatory remarks about male bees while implying appropriation of apian culture. The incident happened on the Internet in a chatroom and it occured at 5/10/2016 at 3:52.

  • Derp-o-Matic 5000||

    You just assume he's not referring to ants! How narrow-mindedly antimyrmecologist of you!

  • SimonJester||

    You think overwhelming the system will hurt them? Hell no. It will just be more reason for them to increase their budget.

    "Look, students are using the BRT! There are hundreds of incidents that we can't respond to! We need to hire, like a million more BRT members!"

  • invisible finger||

    This is exactly why the colleges love this shit, especially the state schools.

    Sorta like "My sister got laid off at the telemarker. I'll get her in here at the university and she'll be set up with a nice pension, too."

  • Billy Bones||

    "I am micro-aggressed because your micro-aggression suppression team didn't think my micro-aggression was micro-aggressive enough." Or something like that.

  • B.P.||

    "Overwhelm the system with frivolous complaints..."

    Since the system is designed to specifically address frivolous complaints, I'm not sure if this would work.

  • invisible finger||

    Just start filing complaints. Complain about anything.

    And all that would result is a 20% increase in tuition.

  • CE||

    And mandatory microaggression intolerance sensitivity training.

  • Rich||

    "An annual report on the activities of University of Oregon’s Bias Response Team provides a frightening yet fascinating glimpse into the practices of these organizations, which are common on college campuses."

    *Please* tell me that students refer to these clowns as BRATS.

  • ||

    Thanks for the report, Robby.

  • ||

    I saw some white chicks in the lobby of my workplace wearing saris n shit. I had to work very hard to suppress the desire to shout "CULTURAL APPROPRIATION!!!" at them.

  • Rich||

    *** reports Kristen to the Response Team ***

  • Heroic Mulatto||

    Did they wear them well?

  • ||

    They weren't huge, hairy lumberjack dudes, so I'm not sure.

  • Heroic Mulatto||

    Your fetish is huge hairy lumberjack dudes in saris?

    *nods*

    All right...

  • ||

    Huge, hairy lumberjacks dudes can wear whatever the fuck they want!

  • ||

    No, they CANNOT!

    That was very triggering.

    Now I need to go to my gender role normative safe space with plaid and denim.

  • ||

    There is actually a series of pictures making the rounds of big lumberjack type guys re-creating all types of classic pinup poses. It's rather disturbing.

  • Caput Lupinum||

    You can't just drop a tease like that without a link, Tonio.

  • ||

  • ||

    I saw the series with the one guy. He was pretty hawt.

  • Trigger Hippie||

    You're welcome. Sans man bun.

  • John||

    Nazi Pug!!!

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/new.....o-perform/

    i always knew the little bastards were fascists Kristin.

  • ||

    I'm LOLing too hard to be upset that they arrest people for that shit in the UK.

  • John||

    I know what you mean.

  • John||

    And he is cute, even if he is a Nazi.

  • Mustang||

    Those thought crime police are pugnacious little bastards aren't they?

  • Chipper Morning Wood||

    Pugnazious, dude. Pugnazious.

  • SimonJester||

    I'm so sick of "cultural appropriation." Complaints about "cultural appropriation" are totally appropriating the culture of old, racist, redneck white dudes, who were really all about cultural purity and separation long before it became cool.

  • Chipper Morning Wood||

    It's like a koan, isn't. If you contemplate it long enough, you may reach enlightenment. Of course, then you are just appropriating boddhisattva culture.

  • GILMORE™||

    Students, faculty, and staff who feel threatened, harassed, intimidated, triggered, microaggressed, offended, ignored, under-valued, or objectified because of their race, gender, gender identity, sexuality, disability status, mental health, religion, political affiliation, or size are encouraged to contact the BRT.

    (applause)

    You left out economic-status, cultural milieu, dietary preferences.... and also a catch-all caveat leaving open any new arbitrary categories to be included in the future.

  • Pay up, Palin's Buttplug!||

    Ironically, Oregon was founded as a white supremacist's paradise.

  • ||

    Sounds like a success.

  • B.P.||

    Well, they've achieved purity anyway. I don't know about their supremacy.

  • Playa Manhattan.||

    referred the case to Sexual Violence Support Services.

    Who is this for? Girls who got sandboxed?

  • Jerry on the rocks||

    That chart would make Edward Tufte's head explode.

  • Rich||

    "Thanks, sweetie"?

    In much of the country that's just being polite.

  • ||

    This isn't civilized society, this is Groupthink Camp.

  • ||

    Bless your heart!

  • Rich||

    I didn't *really* report you, Honey!

  • ||

    I wouldn't mind if the "Bias Response Team" were a horde of Viking berserkers, but since they're probably all Lena Dunham lookalikes, I'm-a have to go ahead and report backatchya.

  • Lady Bertrum||

    "Thanks, sweetie"?

    I say those words at least once a day, and, yes, I mean it as sexual harassment.

  • Pay up, Palin's Buttplug!||

    Bias against that part of the country is not bias.

  • Rhywun||

    Even in NYC the diner waitresses call you "hon".

  • ||

    So this group has a bias against bias? I'm encouraging you all to think of much more clever ways for this to self implode...

  • Playa Manhattan.||

    "Location: Online"

    Ummm wut

  • Diane Reynolds (Paul.)||

    An annual report on the activities of University of Oregon’s Bias Response Team

    I refuse to believe this is actually a thing.

  • Mustang||

    I'm sure this has no bearing on why college tuition continues to skyrocket. None. It's all those bad profit-whores.

  • Citizen X||

    Can't we use our superior military might to make Canada take Oregon? COME ON.

  • Ted S.||

    54-40 or fight!

  • GILMORE™||

    The BRT’s goal is to eradicate bias on campus, making Oregon a safer place

    "nominal" goal, i suppose.

    The practical effect is obviously to open the door to unlimited complaints of "bias" and thus ensure that the Bias Response Team is perpetually busy dealing with an ever-growing problem.

  • SugarFree||

    Just wait until they get wind of the bias inherent in not reporting bias incidents.

    "You haven't reported one microagression all semester. I name you "privilege blinded!"

  • Rich||

    It's just a matter of time. 8-(

  • Playa Manhattan.||

    Response: A BRT Advocate met with the reporter and empowered them to contact Housing staff

    Self-important much?

  • John||

    How is cleaning up after yourself sexist? Seriously, how did that conversation go?

  • Unicorn Abattoir||

    Probably something along the lines of "your mother isn't here to clean up for you".

  • ||

    My mother lived in my house growing up and she would rather swat me with the broom if I didn't clean to her standard than clean up after me.

  • Rhywun||

    My guess was it showed a picture of a woman cleaning.

  • Libertarian||

    I'm going to consider this a tie, since it's 3:59 for both comments.

  • SugarFree||

    It might have been a bias incident for them to contact Housing staff without permission.

  • Libertarian||

    "A BRT Advocate met with the reporter and empowered them to contact Housing staff."

    Damn but I hate that word "empower."

  • Rich||

    If the BRT were serious they would have *proactively* empowered them.

  • Chipper Morning Wood||

    What about "disempower"?

  • Long Woodchippers||

    Empowered? Did the advocate give them a phone number?:

  • Playa Manhattan.||

    "Logic" Model.

  • ||

    I read that as (Dr Evil Air-quote)Logic(Dr Evil Air-quote) Model.

    I assume that to be correct?

  • Playa Manhattan.||

    Yeppers

  • Diane Reynolds (Paul.)||

    A staff member reported that residents made inappropriate gender-based comments.

    Bias Type: Gender

    Location: Housing

    Response: A BRT Case Manager referred the case to Sexual Violence

    So, I've been told by experienced, top quality journalists that if there's a story that tickles all the nerve endings of your wildest preconceptions, that it requires deeper investigation because it probably isn't true.

    Have college campuses reached a point where that rule no longer holds?

  • John||

    Sometime about five years ago. These people are beyond parody. They are dangerously insane.

  • B.P.||

    Also, this probably helps solve the "one in four/five women will be assaulted at college" puzzle. Inappropriate gender-based comments = sexual violence

  • Playa Manhattan.||

    "I contacted both the BRT and the office of the Dean of Students. Neither responded to requests for comment. I will update this post if they do so."

    That's because they're reporting you right now.

  • ||

    go away. biasin'.

  • W. Chipper Dove||

    Yew tawlk lahk a faggot!

  • Libertarian||

    So.........is anyone actually, you know, teaching any more?

  • Drake||

    The smart kids are learning all about leftist totalitarianism.

  • Mustang||

    Teaching is a system used by the white patriarchy to keep down minorities, so...no.

  • Rich||

    That chart is great.

    I think my favorite part is that one of the responses is "Use of BRT Services".

  • Diane Reynolds (Paul.)||

    So at the end of the chart, the only thing I see is a "just campus (safe and inclusive)". So they achieve that by excluding an awful lot, it seems.

  • Rational Exuberance||

    It's like the 21st century version of the Cone of Silence and Panic Glasses, all rolled into one.

  • Playa Manhattan.||

    Is there a place to complain online?

    Asking for a friend.

  • Rich||

    What difference does it make? You can complain about that either way!

  • Diane Reynolds (Paul.)||

    It requires a student ID number.

  • ||

    I find that to be rather othering!

  • Enjoy Every Sandwich||

    This story makes it easier to understand how they come up with their "5 out of every 4 women get raped at college" stats. If you count a joke as "sexual violence" the rapes could add up very quickly.

  • Microaggressor||

    I feel violated by this post.

  • Agammamon||

    even if those parties are culturally-appropriative

    Seriously man. There is no such thing as cultural appropriation. The worst thing you could say is that there is *individual appropriation*.

    'Indians' didn't sit down and decide to start wearing saris, *an Indian* came up with a good idea and *another* person STOLE that idea and improved on it, and then another person stole that idea and improved on it and that's how we got dancing-in-the rain-while-wearing-a-sari scenes from Bollywood.

    To accept the idea of cultural appropriation is itself racist.

  • GILMORE™||

    Some of these incidents don't seem to be "Bias" at all, and just 'someone got upset and demanded restitution'.

    e.g.

    A student reported that a potential employer rejected her application and sent an
    offensive email based on incorrect assumptions.
    Bias Type: Age
    Location: Online
    Response: A BRT Advocate spoke with the reporter. A BRT Case Manager
    contacted the appropriate campus partner, who held a professional development
    conversation with the employer.

    They're not even alleging that the employer *knew* what they were being biased against. (too old? too young? who knows) Call the BRT!!


    A student reported a conflict with another student that did not include bias against
    a protected category or group.
    Location: Housing
    Response: A BRT Case Manager referred the case to Housing staff

    "Some shit happened. No bias, but hey... its a job"

    A staff member reported that a student was asked to leave a dining facility
    because they had a service animal with them.
    Bias Type: Ability
    Location: Campus Dining
    Response: Reported for information only. A BRT Advocate offered support to the
    reporter

    (Sigh) Dogphobia.

  • John||

    who held a professional development
    conversation with the employer.

    I bet the employer was way impressed.

    And what happens when a Muslim objects to a service dog being in the dining hall? Do they flip a coin? Is it the first victim to call?

  • Rich||

    As noted above, this should be a TV show -- but a comedy.

  • ||

    As noted above, this should be a TV show -- but a comedy Japanese Game Show.

    FIFY

  • tarran||

    I bet the employer was way impressed.

    I imagine my next reaction would be to shitcan any resume that listed University of Oregon in the education section.

  • ||

    The employer reacted by changing their hiring practices...

    *1. Do not hire anyone from Oregon.

  • Rich||

    Good thing you said 'restitution' and not 'reparations', sweetie.

  • Diane Reynolds (Paul.)||

    "service animal".

    I'm sorry you feel anxious without your Dachshund that nips and growls at people when they walk by, but it's not a fucking service animal.

  • Rich||

    "Does that little mutt actually *service* you?!"

  • ||

    That's what the peanut butter is for.

  • John C. Randolph||

    If the failed job applicant was the type to go whining to some SJW bureaucrat at school expecting them to be able to trump a hiring decision, then the employer clearly did the right thing in screening them out. Holy shit, can you even imagine how much that little snowflake could have cause in the workplace?

    -jcr

  • John C. Randolph||

    The "service animal" was probably a fucking cat that some whiny little twat wanted to put on the dining table while normal people were trying to eat. Filthy little vermin. (That goes for the cat and its owner.)

    -jcr

  • ||

    The team’s posters propose examples of bias incidents: statements like “Thanks, sweetie,” and “I don’t see color,” apparently qualify. (The former is patronizing, the latter is simply wrongthink, I guess.)

    Apparently, fixing bias and enforcing equality carries a hefty dose of fucking over the (color) blind.

  • paranoid android||

    A staff member reported that a poster featured a triggering image.

    Bias Type: Body Size

    Location: Housing

    Response: Reported for information only. A BRT Advocate offered support to the

    reporter.

    MADAM. YOU HAVE SUFFERED A TRIGGERING SHOCK. I WILL CONTACT A BIAS RESPONSE TEAM.

  • Drake||

    That chart explains why Donald Trump is our next President.

  • Je suis Woodchipper||

    Quick poll: if this was your first time seeing this nonsense, would you mistake it for incoherent noise?

  • Lady Bertrum||

    Parody. I'd assume The Onion.

  • Drake||

    Are you saying this isn't incoherent noise?

  • Ass Face||

    Man, I would love to watch a TV series based on this Bias Response Team concept. Netflix/HBO make it happen!

  • Drake||

    With marionettes.

  • ||

    TEAM OREGON: Thought Police!

  • Chipper Morning Wood||

    Genderless marionettes.

  • Long Woodchippers||

    and have them play it as straight as possible (OMG, I think I made a sexually inappropriate comment)

    Like mentioned above, do it SVU style, treating every complaint with the utmost seriousness

  • W. Chipper Dove||

    With custom vehicles, a secret headquarters, and an effeminate Butler who knows their real identities.

  • Eeyore||

    Being offended is a crime against one's self. When the culprit and the victim are the same person, why does this involve anyone other then a psychiatrist or priest?

  • Citizen X||

    I... what?

  • Eeyore||

    Work backwards from the effect. You feel bad, because you were offended. Why do you feel bad? It is because your brain and body decided you should feel bad. Why did your brain decide to make you feel bad? Because your a baby who never grew up.
    You are the victim, because you feel bad.
    You are the perpetrator, beause you made yourself feel bad.
    You feel bad, so you are bad person who needs help.

  • Rockabilly||

    Obama is half black and half white and can be racist against himself.

  • invisible finger||

    I don't know how many administrators it takes to fill all these functions, but It's got to come to nearly 50% of the tuition cost by now.

    So glad I'm not being asked to pay for all this protection now. (Yes, I know, the defaulting loans will just be taken from my wallet without being asked.)

  • Loki||

    The team is composed of seven administrators, which include Oregon’s “multicultural inclusion support specialist,” LGBT director, and “Native American Retention Specialist.” of the most useless people on this entire fucking planet.

    FTFY.

    its annual report includes a helpful Logic Model

    They keep using that word, I do not think it mean what they think it means.

  • Lady Bertrum||

    And a twist and call it Pre-Bias Response Team. Pre-cogs identify bias before it happens! Have shows for different cities like Law and Order. Pre-Bias Response Team, Miami.

  • Lady Bertrum||

    This was a response it Ass Face.

    *sigh*

  • Ass Face||

    Thank you. Philip K. Dick would be proud.

  • Kevin Sorbos Manful Locks||

    "Do Androids Identify as Electric Sheep?"

  • Chipper Morning Wood||

    They can call it: The Minority Report.

    [rimshot]

  • Eternal Blue Sky||

    Since their "Bias Report System" is open to any random hack with an internets, I took the liberty of reporting the BRT staff for their Bias in posting that "I don’t see color," is a bias. You see, color-blindness is religiously mandated by Baha'i Faith, and Baha'i students are having their religious identity invalidated or whatever by the BRT staff for posting such hateful wrongspeak.

    Watching for the response should be fun.

  • Citizen X||

    My hat is off to you, sir.

  • Derp-o-Matic 5000||

    I applaud your dedication to Social Justice, EBS. Even from afar, you can make a difference!

  • Eternal Blue Sky||

    Using Social Justice on Social Justice is a hobby of mine.

    Might not make any actual changes, but it's hilariously entertaining.

  • Derp-o-Matic 5000||

    I trust you will report back with any response you receive.

  • Loki||

    It's also highly othering to people who are actually color-blind.

  • Brochettaward||

    http://uodos.uoregon.edu/Progr.....spx?q=bias

    I encourage everyone here to have some fun with this.

  • ||

    Please upload any information supporting the concerns in this report. This may be e-mails, photos, the academic work suspected of misconduct, etc.
    ...
    For files over 10 MB, please use the Large Upload button. It requires latest version of Flash plugin to be installed on your system, and your browser needs to allow popups from this site. Please note the large upload tool has a file size limit of 256 MB.

    They really are asking for it good and hard.

  • invisible finger||

    "I drove past the school and felt othered because I'm a graduate of UMass Lowell. I also feel othered becuase the word "othered" is being flagged as not being in the browser dictionary."

    - Joe P. Boyle

  • Long Woodchippers||

    How about, "Yes, I skin color, but I don't give a shit. You're still an asshole."

  • Long Woodchippers||

    I has a translation function! I can turn it into Welsh!

    (For those Welsh students at UO who can't read English)
    I adrodd am ddigwyddiad o ragfarn, os gwelwch yn dda Cliciwch yma.

  • Long Woodchippers||

    They even have Klingon (has anyone told Paramount that UO is appropriating a copyrighted language?)
    potlh'e' mavalqu'mo' ja', Click naDev bel.

  • Chipper Morning Wood||

    I overheard someone make reproductive fitness remarks about commenters, imputing deficient biological ornaments to cismales. The incident happened on the Internet in a chatroom and it occured at 5/10/2016 at 4:34 PM.

  • John C. Randolph||

    Oh, the fun I could have on that campus with nothing more than a box of chalk.

    -jcr

  • John C. Randolph||

    “Native American Retention Specialist.”

    What's that, like a slave catcher but for Injuns?

    -jcr

  • Brandybuck||

    It's the Universtity of Oregon. It's 100% biased 100% of the time. Duh.

  • ||

    1984...in a chart.

  • Long Woodchippers||

    So, claiming you're not a racist is proof you are a racist.

  • Sevo||

    "A small dog performing a trick is cute. A small dog performing the Nazi salute in front of a fuhrer video is a hate crime, or at least it is in Scotland.
    A North Lanarkshire man was facing hate crime charges after he allegedly made a video that shows his girlfriend's pug sieg-heiling with his foreleg in front of a screen showing historic footage of Adolf Hitler."
    http://www.sfgate.com/weird/ar.....444379.php

  • Rockabilly||

    I asked ; who is your manager?

    She replied - I do not have a manager, I have a womanager.

  • TimothyLane||

    Another asylum for lunatics. Will they ever deinstitutionalize the inmates (faculty, staff, and students) -- and will the inmates be able to adjust to the real world if that happens?

  • JeremyR||

    Sadly, this sort of thing seems to be what it's like for the entire UK. (Unless you're a muslim)

  • Lorenzo Zoil||

    It's time for these progressive dimwits to learn that theyre more vulnerable to Alinsky tactic than anyone.

  • VartAndelay||

    Here's the complaint I sent to BRT:

    BRT,
    I am a dedicated fan of the Oregon Ducks football team. Last year while on campus before a game I bought an ''O'' window decal for my truck. As I was affixing it, a couple of young people - presumably students - asked me how I came to be a Ducks fan (they noticed the AB license plates). I said I was a big college football fan and I appreciated the Ducks offensive-oriented approach to playing football. I then mentioned I had just bought the decal (which I pronounced ''deckle'') at the campus store. Oh how they laughed. ''Deckle? It's Dee-Kal. What kind of idiot pronounces it 'deckle'?''
    I was humiliated. This type of micro-aggression makes me question my love for Oregon Ducks football.
    Thanks for listening.

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  • Ron||

    If you want to guarantee a job, create a flow chart with so many branches that no one would be able to understand thus unable to argue with and if they did argue just report them to another tree in the forest of flow chars.

  • See.More||

    When a "right to not be offended" is discovered, then absolutely nothing is safe.

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  • Abe Froman||

    Are you sure these colleges should still be called institutions of "higher learning" ?

  • LppFred||

    This is absolutely frightening. We are watching a fundamental change of our society from an independent problem solving responsible model to a hierarchal society where you transfer responsibility to other "wiser" people. As a child you went to your parents and that was ok. In college you were supposed to start fending for yourself and become independent but now instead in of "dealing with it" kids go to their college board to solve every little problem they encounter. The next logical step, which we get a glimpse of with Bernie's success among students, is to expect the government to run your life. I saw this in Europe and it pains me to see that the U.S. Is following the same path. The future of our country rests on our ability force kids to grow up and become independent. That was the job of colleges. The fact that colleges abandoned that responsibility is unconscionable and will have lasting impacts on our society.

  • WuzYoungOnceToo||

    Do you hear that? It's the ghost of George Orwell saying, "Holy mother of God! Even I couldn't come up with shit that loony!!"

  • Mattnad||

    No surprise - an overstaffed office has nothing better to do. Complaining that a pencil is appropriate because the graphite is black (using color without permission) would lead to letters being sent to pencil makers at this school.

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  • Uncle Jay||

    RE: The University of Oregon’s Thought Police Investigate Students for Saying Anything
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    Look, if speech codes were good enough for Hitler's universities, then it should enough for Amerikan universities.
    What's the problem?

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