Iowa State University forced a professor to change syllabus after threatening to kick students out of class if they participate in racism, sexism, or homophobia

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  • An Iowa State University professor was forced to change a course syllabus because it warned that students can be dismissed from class if they express views that support racism, sexism, homophobia, or other forms of discrimination.
  • The syllabus stated that students could not choose “arguments against gay marriage, abortion, Black Lives Matter” for any paper or project topic.
  • Iowa State University told CNN in a statement that it took immediate “corrective action” when notified about the language.
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A professor at Iowa State University was forced to change a class syllabus that threatened disciplinary action against students who express views that support racism, sexism, and homophobia,CNN reported.

The course syllabus that was put on blast by the conservative group Young America’s Foundation last week displayed a “GIANT WARNING” that “Any instances of othering that you participate in intentionally (racism, sexism, ableism, homophobia, sorophobia, transphobia, classism, mocking of mental health issues, body shaming, etc) in class are grounds for dismissal from the classroom.”

The syllabus also warned students that they “cannot choose any topic that takes at its base that one side doesn’t deserve the same basic human rights as you do (ie: no arguments against gay marriage, abortion, Black Lives Matter, etc)” for papers or projects.

As the syllabus generated conversation on social media, Iowa State University officials took what they called “corrective action,” by directing the professor to modify the syllabus, according to CNN.

The news is happening amid nationwide discussions and protests against racism, sexism, homophobia, and other forms of identity-based discrimination.

“Iowa State University is committed to a learning environment where ideas and perspectives can be freely expressed and debated. The syllabus as originally written did not comply with the university’s policies or values. Corrective action to revise the syllabus was taken on Monday, August 17, which was the first day of the fall semester, as soon as this issue came to our attention,” the school told CNN.

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