Washington State University syllabus threatens to fail students who use certain terms


Pullman, Wa.– Some students at Washington State University’s Campus are picking their words wisely after receiving this year’s class syllabus.

That’s because some professors in the Department of Critical Culture, Gender, and Race Studies made it clear in their syllabi that using certain language and terms would result in getting points docked or even failing a class.

WSU senior Anthony Lui believes the rules are there for a reason, “That’s kinda harsh but you live with it…there are rules in this world. You kind of gotta follow them.”

In one class the terms “illegal alien”, “colored people” and “male” and “female” are cited in the syllabus as words that could gain a student an “F”.

Freshman Mikayla Taflinger disagrees, “I think it’s unfair. A lot of students look at it as illegal immigrants. That’s how we see it in our newsfeed, all over CNN and Fox News that’s what they call them. Illegal immigrants”.

Here is a statement released by WSU’s president:

“Over the weekend, we became aware that some faculty members, in the interest of fostering a constructive climate for discussion, included language in class syllabi that has been interpreted as abridging students’ free speech rights. We are working with these faculty members to clarify, and in some cases modify, course policies to ensure that students’ free speech rights are recognized and protected.”

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