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Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Could an Ave Maria Student call Another an "Academic Terrorist"?

From avemaria.edu, in the student life section, in the section on student life policies comes this policy defining intolerance for abusive language:
Verbal Abuse and Harassment

All persons are entitled to live with and learn from each other in an atmosphere of positive engagement and mutual respect. Therefore, verbal abuse and harassment of another individual will not be tolerated. This includes but is not limited to threats, malicious pranks, abusive name calling, and harassment. You and your guests are expected to resolve differences in a mature, constructive manner. Contact a Residence Life staff member for more information and/or clarification.
Look at that policy! "Positive Engagement and mutual respect"! Wow! Pretty words. I wonder what they mean given the way the Founder acts.

Calling people with whom you disagree "dissident" or "academic terrorist" certainly seems to violate this policy as they are indeed, facially and by pernicious use, abusive name calling. Maybe Mr. Monaghan should live by his own rules, instead of calling everyone abusive names directly and through his yes-men like Barney and Nick.

On the flip side, when some student gets in trouble for violating this policy, they should keep a printed sheet of this article in their pocket to take to the ombudsman (if AMU even has an ombudsman). Maybe what the student charged under this Policy provision should do to resolve issues is pay off their opponent and slap a gag clause in the written settlement. That's acting consistent with the Founder and his great speeches!

The student certainly doesn't need to apologize. The Founder never apologized for what he has said, nor for not resolving conflicts in a manner consistent with that Policy.

Actually, if the policy were to read in a way that was consistent with the way AMC and AMSOL Faculty have been treated, it should read like this:
Verbal Abuse and Harassment

All persons who agree with the Founder are entitled to live with and learn from each other in an atmosphere of positive engagement and mutual respect. Therefore, verbal abuse and harassment of another individual who agrees with Mr. Moneyhand, the Foundation, or any authorized public release statement of an entity supported by either, will not be tolerated. This includes but is not limited to threats, malicious pranks, abusive name calling, and harassment. You and your guests, so long as they carry the party line, are expected to resolve differences in a mature, constructive manner. People who disagree shall be immediately silenced by any means, insulted, and banished. Contact a Residence Life staff member for more information and/or clarification of whether your opinion is allowed and therefore may be permitted under this policy.

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