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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