Two controversies on CA college campuses over language
Hello and welcome to Essential California bulletin. It’s Tuesday, December 28. I am Justin Ray.
What you can and cannot say is at the center of two controversies at two California colleges.
In one case, an institution is the subject of legal action after a student was fired for comments that offended fellow students. In another, university staff want administrators to strongly condemn a student’s social media posts.
Here’s what you need to know about each situation:
A trial for racist and sexist language
A former medical student at the California University of Health Sciences in Clovis is suing the institution, demanding a public apology and his reinstatement.
The lawsuit includes the findings of a university investigation that found Nicholas Sciaroni’s classmates offended by the comments he made about people of color and immigrants.
For example, the university discovered that he was using the phrase “the truest Nicker since 2006” on his Instagram account. “Another student saw this and got offended,” because of its resemblance to the N word, the university wrote. During a Zoom lecture session, the university reports that Sciaroni said, “I will not bow down as a white man,” or used similar words, when responding to an ethical hypothesis presented to a class.
In a conversation with classmates, the college says Sciaroni said he “wouldn’t watch the NFL anymore because they were hiring too many black coaches as opposed to white coaches, or similar words.” .
University letter to Sciaroni attached to lawsuit also highlights complaints about him over comments he allegedly made suggesting women were inferior, “crazy” and that there are only two genders. .
The lawsuit does not largely challenge the university’s findings. Instead, he argues that the school was wrong to fire him because the comments are protected speech.
Sciaroni’s lawsuit targets four other things: a judgment declaring that the 1st Amendment protects him; for the university to withdraw the complaint which led to his dismissal; training in freedom of expression for university staff; and that the university pay its legal fees.
“Due to the privacy rights of students, we cannot comment on this pending case,” the university told The Times.
The Fresno Bee notes that Sciaroni has already discussed the rights of freedom of expression. In 2019, while attending Fresno State, he had a heated argument with a professor over the subject.
Professors outraged by response to students’ tweets
Earlier this month, more than 60 USC faculty members signed an open letter urging university officials to “publicly and explicitly reprimand” a student for comments she did on social media, including a tweet saying she wanted to “kill every fucking Zionist”.
The faculty asked school officials to reprimand Yasmeen Mashayekh, a 21-year-old civil engineering student, and “keep USC at bay from its hateful statements.”
“I don’t feel safe on campus,” Mashayekh, who is Palestinian, said in an interview with The Times. She said she informed the school of the targeted harassment she had been facing for several months and said she was not satisfied with USC’s response.
University officials said that over the summer, when the school became aware of the tweets, which have since been deleted, they removed Mashayekh from his paid mentorship position at the Viterbi School of Engineering.
In an interview, provost Charles Zukoski said he was limited in what he could say specifically about the case due to confidentiality concerns, but said there was no retribution involved in the withdrawal. the student from the paid mentoring position, adding that she had been offered other opportunities on campus. .
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POLICY AND GOVERNMENT
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CRIME, COURTS AND POLICE
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HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENT
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