John B. King, Jr, Obama’s Secretary of Education, officially released a “Dear Colleague” letter on Friday, November 19th, 2016, calling for a “commitment to diversity and safe spaces” at colleges and universities.
The letter calls for taxpayer-funded campuses to create “safe spaces” where students, professors and administrators can speak freely about “race and discrimination.”
King, expected to be among the unemployed on January 20, 2016, released the letter along with an 89-page report focusing on diversity and the need to protect the first amendment rights of college students and administrators.
As reported by the Daily Caller, the report states, “Institutions can proactively support student success and college completion by” establishing “venues for safe and open dialogue on issues of race and discrimination among students, faculty, staff, and leadership of different backgrounds,” the outgoing education secretary instructs college administrators.
Colleges “have a responsibility to make sure schools are safe and supportive places for all,” King asserts, and administrators must guarantee that students “never fear being threatened or attacked.” King also notes that “protecting students’ free speech rights” is important.
“When institutions become aware of any form of discriminatory harassment that creates a hostile environment, they are legally obligated to promptly and effectively address the harassment, eliminate the hostile environment, prevent harassment from recurring, and remedy its effects,” King commands. “Institutions should also make clear and widely publicize the ways that students can file complaints of harassment and discrimination.”
King goes on to say, “I call upon you as higher education leaders to renew your commitment to diversity, to take swift and specific action to eliminate harassment and discrimination,” .
“Dear Colleague” letters appear to be very polite and benign personal perspectives; however, during the Obama administration they have taken on tremendous authority because college administrators consider them to be same as federal law.
A 2011 Dear Colleague letter from the Obama administration’s Department of Education civil rights division has been the main source of a huge increase in incidents in which college bureaucrats have run roughshod over the due process rights of college males accused of rape. (Daily Caller)
Over the last year, college millennials have created the idea that adults need a place where they can go to ensure that nobody’s feelings get hurt. Professors and collegiate administrators have condoned and encouraged their behavior. The most sensitive, seem to be students at extremely expensive private colleges attended by the children of the very wealthy.
Safe places have been a source of contention and ridicule. College presidents and administrators pamper the spoiled radicals where activists have demanded generators and fire pit to keep them warm as they protested “poop swastikas”.
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