Snow White would not have done well at Bucknell.
“Oh! What funny little men!” – her animated cry upon meeting the seven dwarfs in the Disney movie – is the sort of comment forbidden at this private university in central Pennsylvania, where “disparaging remarks about one’s physical disability” are outlawed.
Also banned at Bucknell: “exerting subtle pressure for unwanted sexual activity,” “sexual innuendoes made at inappropriate times” and speech that “seriously annoys” the hearer.
Bryn Mawr College outlaws “suggestive looks” and Haverford College “unwelcome flirtations.”
At Rutgers University, a Christian fellowship group was accused of violating antidiscrimination policy when it held an election and invited only Christian students to run for office.
At Shippensburg University, after the Sept. 11 attacks, dorm residents were ordered to remove posters expressing hostility toward Osama bin Laden from their doors. A resident director at the public college called such material “offensive” and a violation of the school’s code of conduct, according to a student affidavit.
FIRE’s Thor Halvorssen points out, “There’s no such thing as a right not to be offended.” The story is very sympathetic to FIRE’s position.