Thursday, September 18, 2014

Clemson Requires Students to Respond to Poll Concerning Sexual History Or Face Disciplinary Action

If this madness were emanating from the right, faculty everywhere would be deploying torches and pitchforks...  But it's emanating from roughly the't hold your breath on that pitchfork thing...


Anonymous Jim Bales said...


The ACLU applauded Clemson's decision to halt the survey:

Clemson made the decision to suspend the survey to further review the content after receiving complaints.

Victoria Middleton, Executive Director of ACLU of South Carolina, believes the suspension was the right thing to do.

“However well-intentioned it may be for an organization or the university to try to improve education about risky behavior on campus, it appears to be a gross invasion of privacy to try to force anyone to answer such questions about their sexual activity,” said Middleton. “It appears to be a mistake or misjudgement on the university's part."

It may not be pitchforks, but since Clemson saw the light and did the right thing, pitchforks are not required.


10:19 PM  
Blogger Winston Smith said...


Yep, I saw that.

Here are words more college students need to learn--as I've said to my classes before, in one of my rare bouts of giving life advice:

"Don't presume to tell me what to do."

or just:

"Don't tell me what to do."

I've also suggested:

"Go to hell."

I have no doubt that Clemson had a good goal in mind here. But good ends aren't always enough.

I worry that my students are docile and easily manipulated, especially when certain kinds of laudable ends are mentioned.

They need to be more cantankerous.

Then need to learn to, as we used to say, question authority...

1:43 PM  
Blogger The Mystic said...

It is sometimes hard to determine what to fight and what to live with.

I'm not saying people shouldn't refuse to comply with Clemson's survey request, but I understand when people go along with such garbage. Being of finite resources, one's choice of battles is bound to sometimes appear idiotic to others. It might not be docility that you witness, but strategy.

Or it could be mindless, sheeplike docility.

3:17 PM  
Blogger Winston Smith said...


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