An English professor at Iowa State University has been forced to change her syllabus after she prohibited students from expressing certain viewpoints on hot-button issues like abortion, gay marriage and the Black Lives Matter movement.
Corrections have been made to professor Chloe Clark’s English 250 course syllabus after the university deemed her document to not be reflective of the institution’s First Amendment standards.
Concern about the syllabus was raised by Young America’s Foundation, a national conservative youth organization.
In the class, students work on “analyzing, composing, and reflecting on written, oral, visual, and electronic (WOVE) discourse within academic, civic, and cultural contexts.”
As the course description explained, “The University requires a minimum grade of C in ENGL 250 to meet the Communication Proficiency graduation requirement.”
After explaining the course objectives, Clark’s syllabus featured a “giant warning” listed in bold text.
“Any instances of othering that you participate in intentionally (racism, sexism, ableism, homophobia, sorophobia, transphobia, classism, mocking of mental health issues, body shaming, etc) in class are grounds for dismissal from the classroom,” she wrote.
Clark’s boldface warning also applied to “any papers/projects.”
“You cannot choose any topic that takes at its base that one side doesn’t deserve the same basic human rights as you do,” she stressed.
Clark made it clear that she would allow “no arguments against gay marriage, abortion, Black Lives Matter, etc.”
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Ryan Foley