Virginia Tech launches SafeWatch to further promote an inclusive communityA learned student of Orwell or Aldous Huxley would have a field day with this. Note how the promotion of "understanding" and "an inclusive community" are encouraged and, at the same time, students who violate a vague set of guidelines relating to "behaviors" (within a climate "of civility, sensitivity, and mutual respect") are to be ratted out to the proper authorities.
Blacksburg, Va., February 27, 2006 -- To further support a diverse and inclusive campus community, Virginia Tech has launched “SafeWatch”— a new university program that promotes individual and collective responsibility among students, faculty, staff, and guests, and encourages them to incorporate the Virginia Tech Principles of Community into their interpersonal and intergroup relationships.
Patterned after the “neighborhood watch” program, SafeWatch will promote understanding of university policies and community expectations related to harassment, discrimination, or similar behaviors, and provide a way to report instances when policies and expectations are not followed. [my emphasis] (link)
What has happened to this a once-proud, independent and defiant center of reason, discovery, ideas, debate, nonconformity? Now students must adhere to thought codes and a whole host of regulations relating to forbidden interactions and unmet "expectations."
It's outrageous. And pathetic.
Hattip to Al.