An English professor at Iowa State University warned her students in her syllabus not to speak out against abortion, gay marriage, or the Black Lives Matters movement, the Campus Reform reported.
Young America’s Foundation reported Monday, Aug. 17, that professor Chloe Clark detailed in her syllabus that participants in the English 250 class could not discuss certain topics from a conservative point of view.
“You cannot choose any topic that takes at its base that one side doesn’t deserve the same basic human rights as you do (ie: no arguments against gay marriage, abortion, Black Lives Matter, etc). I take this seriously,” the syllabus stated.
The teacher warned that anyone who gets involved in judging others based on their sex, race, sexual orientation, physical appearance, class, etc., will be expelled from the class.
University of Iowa spokeswoman Angie Hunt told Campus Reform that the curriculum did not meet the institution’s standards and has been corrected.
“Iowa State is firmly committed to protecting the First Amendment rights of its students, faculty, and staff. With respect to student expression in the classroom including the completion of assignments, the university does not take disciplinary action against students based on the content or viewpoints expressed in their speech,” added Hunt.
However, some students commented to Campus Reform that this is only one case that was exposed but that these rules are implicit, not written, on the vast majority of college campuses around the country.
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