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Janet Halley, a professor at Harvard Law School who has been among the critics of that university’s sexual misconduct procedures, said she was not sure what to think of Columbia’s promise to review its policies.
“I can’t tell from this statement whether they’re promising to suppress the speech of someone like Emma Sulkowicz,” she said. “If they’re saying that they would gag her, then this is an ominous statement.”
But Ms. Halley said she thought Columbia had erred in not distancing itself from Ms. Sulkowicz’s project and that the university should not have allowed her to carry the mattress at graduation. By doing so, she said, “they explicitly adopted the speech as their own, because the commencement is the utterance, is the speech, of the university itself.
“In those two ways, I think the university very significantly failed in its role, and I regard this announcement as a confession that it thinks that that’s the case,” she said.
I wonder the same thing. A few years ago there was a college (or HS?) that was teaching students to ask for consent at each step during the make out stage and even during the act itself. People laughed at it, but this case seems to give it credibility.
Why didn't he sue Ms. Sulkowics?