About ten days ago, news broke of a horrendous act of censorship from the University of Northern Colorado in their attempt to protect the safety of one student. A professor asked students, as part of an assignment, to list some topics that are difficult for them to talk about. One of the examples given was transgenderism, which is—objectively speaking—a difficult topic to talk about because very few people are willing to actually talk about it. A student felt as though transgenderism is not a “difficult topic,” and even discussing the worthiness of transgenderism being labelled a “difficult topic” would violate her safety. Seems like a difficult topic for her.
The President of the University of Northern Colorado, Kay Norton, took to email to respond to the critics by emailing the student body to explain why the university’s critics are wrong. As I disagree with President Norton, I was characterized as a politically extreme “hot head.” When I read this, I was devastated, so I took the action they want people to take when in the position I’m in. I filed a bias report against President Norton.
By the definitions of the University of Northern Colorado, President Norton committed “Bias Related Behavior” in three different ways:
- Political Affiliation – Those who disagreed with President Norton were labelled “extremists of the political spectrum.”
- Group Affiliation – Referring to those who disagree as being in the group of those who are not of “cooler heads.”
- Cognitive Ability – Directly implying that those who disagree with President Norton are not fit to properly run the University of Northern Colorado because they are not of “cooler heads.”
At a University who protects students, they seem to enjoy ignoring those who disagree with them. I have waited eight days, figuring that a week would be plenty of time, but also waiting an extra day as a courtesy because last week was a holiday week. Today, though, I decided that enough was enough. If the University of Northern Colorado truly cared about “acts of bias” and “triggers,” then they would have responded by now. They undoubtedly—by the definitions of the University—committed an act of bias against me.
Kay Norton, through this extended arm of hers called the Bias Response Team, is forcing her agenda into effect by ignoring bias reports that do not fit her narrative. To be fair to Ms. Norton, however, she has to do it through her Bias Response Team. As the President of a public university, she has an obligation to uphold the First Amendment. If her agenda was on paper, she would open the University of Northern Colorado up to lawsuits for having unconstitutional rules—and she would lose those fights.