What is happening to my country? Follow up on UMICH Bias Response Team

The University of Michigan’s Bias Response Team is but one of hundreds of similar efforts infecting American universities. “According to publicly available records, there were at least 231 Bias Response Teams publicized by four-year or post-graduate institutions during 2016. Of these, 143 were at public institutions, all of which are bound by the First Amendment, while 88 were at private institutions, most of which advertise or commit to respecting students’ freedom of expression and freedom of academic inquiry in official policy.”

This is, in my opinion, shameful. And yet it is becoming the norm on American universities. What is happening to my country?

In early 2016, when Appalachian State University explored a proposal to create a Bias Response Team, administrators wanted to see what other schools were doing. They didn’t have to look far; one said she was “hard pressed to find a school without” a Bias Response Team.20 Boston College’s student government described them as “ubiquitous.”21

To a certain extent, FIRE found this to be true. According to publicly available records, there were at least 231 Bias Response Teams publicized by four-year or post-graduate institutions during 2016. Of these, 143 were at public institutions, all of which are bound by the First Amendment, while 88 were at private institutions, most of which advertise or commit to respecting students’ freedom of expression and freedom of academic inquiry in official policy. At a conservative estimate,22 at least 2.84 million American students are subject to often-anonymous reporting systems monitored by administrators and police officers.23 But while Bias Response Teams are in use at hundreds of institutions, and appear to be growing in number, it does not appear that they can yet be found on a majority of campuses.

https://www.thefire.org/first-amendment-library/special-collections/fire-guides/report-on-bias-reporting-systems-2017/#how_many

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