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Intervening in offensiveness

November 20th, 2008     by Catherine Hayday     Comments

Queen’s University is starting an “intergroup dialogue program” – with student facilitators who will intervene when they hear other students making homophobic, racist or sexist comments or using homophobic, racist or sexist words.

“The Kingston university has hired student facilitators to step in when they overhear homophobic slurs, remarks bashing women or racially tinged insults, along with an array of other language that could be deemed offensive. … A sampling of some behaviour that could warrant attention from university-appointed student facilitators, tasked with policing students’ offensive language at Queen’s: * If a student uses the phrase “That’s so gay” in conversation. * If a student calls someone or something “retarded.” * If a student writes a homophobic, racist or other derogatory remark in a public space, such as on a residence poster or classmate’s door. * If a student avoids a classmate’s birthday party for faith-based reasons.”

Full article here.


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