Fear strikes out: Tennessee bill would prohibit disciplining students for microaggressions

Fear strikes out: Tennessee bill would prohibit disciplining students for microaggressions
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Tennessee’s state legislature is slated today to consider a bill that aims to provide sweeping protection to college students’ free speech rights on campus – including outlawing bias-reporting systems.

The act aims to prohibit universities from “establishing a system for students or other persons to report incidents of mere bias, where no threats or harassment occurred.”

It also seeks to ban institutions from “punishing, disciplining, or censuring students for the content of students’ lawful speech by way of or through any of the faculty, employees, or organizations of the institution.”

“The best kind of educational environment is one where there’s a lot of controversy and conversation about various issues, and we encourage students to speak up,” state Rep. Martin Daniel, a Knoxville Republican, said in an interview with The College Fix.

The act also seeks to prohibit the disciplining of students for microaggressions.

“We want our students to be prepared for the real world, and those classes of speech that might be considered microaggressions just happen in the real world,” Daniel said.

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