University of Michigan Caves: Eliminates Bias Response Team

The University of Michigan created an office called the Bias Response Team that encouraged students to report other students and faculty that might have made them feel uncomfortable.  The BRT could call in the suspected offender and eventually determine fault, leading to punishment.

First Amendment watchdog group Speech First filed a lawsuit, claiming the BRT infringed upon free speech.  As suit made its way through the court system, the University of Michigan thought better of it and agreed to close the office.

The BRT will be replaced with Campus Climate Support, CCS.  Officials in the CCS cannot compel anyone to speak with them, and cannot punish anyone.

As part of the agreement, the university agreed never to bring back the BRT or to develop another office that essentially functioned like the BRT.

Chalk it up as a win.

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  1. Dave
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    Socialism, at it’s best, shame on you U of M, your branded now. For God’s sake, let people work work out their own differences, like has been for centuries. You don’t need a bored if goons to solve problems.

    • grover syck
      Reply

      Not socialism. That is totalitarianism.
      you need to get your “isms” straight.

  2. dick jones
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    “The BRT will be replaced with Campus Climate Support, CCS. Officials in the CCS cannot compel anyone to speak with them, and cannot punish anyone.” Oh, yeah, sure, right. Tell us all about it. Fool us once…. It’s the leftist-socialist-Marxist University of Michigan at work here, hardly a moral pillar to inspire or to be proud of.

  3. Mary Hammers
    Reply

    Sounds like when Conservatives stand up and bring such sick things to the front the liberals have to run for cover. Bunch of sickos.

  4. Edward Perkins
    Reply

    We have a long way to go to protect & preserve free speech for all students and faculty, especially for those who are conservatives at all our universities.

  5. mbr722
    Reply

    How stupid are the pier in this world? Most of them seem to be running around like a dog trying to catch it’s tail. Keep following the democrats and you will soon catch your tails and when it hurts you won’t remember hope to let go.

  6. John Stuczynski
    Reply

    Sounds like it was a Big Brother tattle tale site. That is the problem with all these ultra spoiled people, they must report things they do not like to someone. All bull!They were never taught to be tough. Bunch of softies.

  7. Allan
    Reply

    Read animal farm and 1984…….these two books should open up many eyes. Also read the goals of communism……truth even if it uncomfortable, must be heard.

  8. Byron Claghorn
    Reply

    The Liberal Lunatics have infested our Universities like Michigan — Going from “Snowflake” Bias gestapo to (phony Global Warming) Climate Support because someone factually challenges their religious beliefs in “Man-Made Global Warming” — How unscientific and ignorant of them to dumb down science; These liberals are the Real Deniers!

    These Man-Made Climate Change Protestors are dupes of the false and unscientific propaganda spread by the Dems and the MSM since there is no scientific basis for their “Manufactured Claim” of an imminent Global Warming Crisis in the 21st or even the 22nd Century!

    The Man-Made Global Warming myth and controversy is clearly “Much To Do About Nothing” once you realize that all this Progressive & Democrat Anthropocentric Global Warming (AGW) alarmism is really only about a change of approximately 1- to 2-degrees Fahrenheit (F) or about 0.7- to 1.4-degrees Centigrade (C) of Warming and Cooling Change! Especially since the current trend now appears to be toward gradually Cooler – Notice the new trend in the USA and the rest of the Northern Hemisphere since 2010 to the present time has been increasingly Cold Temperatures & Record-Breaking Winters of extreme Snow and Ice .

    Scientists now know that our Earth’s climate is Not Sensitive to CO2 changes and that our Earth’s climate is driven by the significant influence of our Sun’s up and down Solar Cycles along with its many massive and complex weather systems that are all Fully Natural.

    Our planet is CO2-starved and the modest increases of CO2 concentrations to a mere 400 ppm have been only Beneficial to its Greening since CO2 is essential to all Plant and Animal Life; CO2-levels of 10-15 times our present concentration (i.e., 4,000 – 7,000 ppm) have been safe and occurred in both warm and cold climate periods, even Ice Ages! This fact alone repudiates their false claims of a Global Warming Crisis once CO2-levels reach a mere 600 ppm!

  9. John T Mattison Jr
    Reply

    My children payed off their student loans. That’s what they are – LOANS!

  10. JEANNE JONES
    Reply

    GOOD!!!!! More Colleges and Universities need to do the same thing!

  11. A B
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  12. TIME TO MAKE A STAND
    Reply

    ATTENTION: PARENTS AND GRAND-PARENTS! … THE FASTEST WAY TO OVER-TAKE A COUNTRY IS THROUGH THE SCHOOLS AND COLLEGES. ./// KNOWING THIS BE SURE TO JOIN THE PTA TODAY!!! KNOW WHO? AND WHAT YOUR CHILDREN ARE BEING TAUGHT? … VET YOUR COLLEGES…MAKE SURE THEY ALLOW FREE SPEECH AND PERMIT CONSERVATIVE IDEAS. IF NOT??? RUN DO NOT WALK AWAY!! TAKE YOUR CHECKBOOK WITH YOU. FIND A BETTER SCHOOL OR COLLEGE. //// TIME FOR US TO TAKE OUR SCHOOLS AND COLLEGES BACK!

  13. ELLEN GRIMSHAW
    Reply

    I frankly am disgusted with the idea, that our country may soon become a bunch of idiotic morons, following with the Democrats and taking away more of our God given rights! Our forefathers that designed our Republic, are rolling in their graves that We the People are letting Socialism to be taught in our Colleges and Universities around the country! We the People need to start teaching at home! This is just another look at how we have let others dumb down our kids! We need to STAND up against these places that seem to cow down to these kind of thoughts! Grow some gnads U of M…I am ashamed how Michigan is not fighting for the people that need to be backed up on issues like this!

  14. Glenn
    Reply

    There will come a time when everyone that comes out our colleges will be worthless indoctrinated idiots. It seems we are almost there now…..

  15. Rex Whitmer
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    When I was in college, one of my roommates was a person whom had lived out the Nazi regime as a child. At that time children were required to report any of their friends or their friends parents whom were Anti Nazi’s. A college faculty should have been aware of that history! I guess the college wanted to introduce us to Nazism all over again?

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