Canadian University Drops Language-Police Force on Its Campus

“Queen’s University, in Kingston, Ontario, has shut down a controversial pilot project in which eavesdroppers could intervene in campus conversations deemed to be objectionable, according to an announcement by the university’s vice president, Patrick Deane. In the project, six students, known as ‘dialogue facilitators,’ were given the authority to step in if the talk in private conversations contained offensive language, showed any form of disrespect, or trashed ethnic, gay, or religious groups. The so-called language-police project was widely condemned …” (more)

[Karen Birchard, Chronicle, 12 February]

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