A curious document popped out of the ether the other day, attached to an email apparently addressed to UNLV President Neal Smatresk.
Its title is “Reaffirmation of Commitment To Equal Educational and Employment Opportunity (EEO)” and is signed by the aforementioned Smatresk. The email suggested the document condoned discrimination by the university against those not in a “preferred” group. I have an entirely different take on the matter.
The one-page statement, dated Nov. 1, 2012, includes this boilerplate language explaining the reason for its existence:
“This affirmation is published in accordance with 41 CFR 60 and is in keeping with Title VII & Title IX of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended; Executive Order 11246; the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; the Vietnam Veterans Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974; the Civil Rights Restoration Act of 1988; Nevada Revised Statutes; and the Code of Policies of the Board of Regents of the Nevada System of Higher Education.”
Compelled speech is hardly free speech. But that’s a separate topic.
The paper spells out that there should be no harassment, personal discrimination or retaliation against anyone due to race, sex, age, color, national origin, ethnicity, creed, religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender, marital status, pregnancy, veteran status, or political affiliation.
That sounds reasonable, but the “Statement of Diversity in the University Community” goes a bit too far by my of thinking. It reads:
“As an institution of higher learning, UNLV represents a rich diversity of human beings among its faculty, staff, and students and is committed to maintaining a campus environment that values that diversity. Accordingly, the university supports policies, curricula, and co-curricular activities that encourage understanding and appreciation of all members of its community and will not tolerate any harassment of or disrespect for persons because of race, sex, age, color, national origin, ethnicity, creed, religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender, marital status, pregnancy, veteran status, or political affiliation.” (Bold-face text added.)
Frankly, I see no reason to understand, appreciate or respect certain people with certain proclivities. Such as: pedophiles, perverts, punks, the prejudiced, the privileged, the parsimonious, politicians, the pompous, philanderers, patronizing, the pusillanimous, vain, vulgar, jihadists, terrorists, liars, cheaters, shirkers, cellphone talkers, queue cutters, tailgaters and welshers (Yes, a slur on national origin that would get me thrown into campus discrimination court.), as well as litterbugs, mother stabbers and father rapers. And since we are talking about a university campus, you can doubtlessly throw in those despicable Republicans.
“For more information concerning ways in which our multicultural learning community may be nurtured and protected or complaint resolution procedures, contact the Office of Student Conduct, the Office of Human Resources, the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs EEO AA Compliance, or the Office of the Vice President for Diversity Initiatives,” (Vice President for Diversity Initiatives?) or go to Alice’s Restaurant and visit Arlo Guthrie at about 10:30 into the song:
And maybe it is OK to discriminate against those with a really weird sense of humor.