Smith College has launched a 24-hour, seven-day-a-week telephone hotline that allows students to anonymously report allegations of bias, discrimination, harassment and other sources of profound psychological distress.
Ladies at the fancypants, all-female bastion who experience bias incidents can now call a toll-free number — 855-805-7490 — provided by EthicsPoint, a private company that many institutions utilize to allow confidential reports of legal violations, corruption and the like.
Smith College president Kathleen McCartney announced the 24-hour bias incident reporting system earlier this fall via a campus-wide email.
EthicsPoint will complement “our existing reporting options by providing students, staff, and faculty with a way to report concerns anonymously about illegal behavior, fraud, discrimination, bias and more,” McCartney’s email said, according to The Sophian, the Smith student newspaper.
A Smith webpage entitled “Conduct & Ethics Reporting” lists about three dozen violations which students can report to EthicsPoint. Many of the violations are related to fraud — embezzlement, for example, as well as plagiarism and misappropriation of different kinds of funds. There’s also unsafe working conditions and “inappropriate use of humans or animals involved in research.”
Officials at Smith rank “bias incidents” on a par with these kinds of violations.
The “Conduct & Ethics Reporting” webpage lengthily defines a “bias incident” as “an act of bigotry, harassment or intimidation committed by a member of the Smith community against another member of the Smith community based on their age, color, creed, disability, gender identity, gender expression, race, religion, nation/ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation or veteran status.”
“Bias incidents” include — but certainly are “not limited to” — “slurs, graffiti, written messages, or images.”
“The EthicsPoint system should not be used for reporting sexual assault,” the Smith ethics webpage reminds students.
But don’t go reporting sexual assault to the police either!
“To report an assault, please file a report using the college’s reporting form.”
Also, Smith students should call 911 in the event of “a risk to health or safety” — or campus cops, “or local authorities.”
Some students at Smith expressed skepticism about a 24-hours, anonymous service which college students can use to complain about what they perceive as bias.
“There is a considerable risk that this will be abused by students since virtually anything could be reported” junior Kira Barrett told Campus Reform.
“The notion that students may report their peers for being ‘biased’ and holding different views is chilling,” Barrett also said.
“Arguably, the most important part of college is the ability to speak openly with others, discuss ideas, disagree, argue and be exposed to new ways of thinking and viewing the world,” Barrett, a junior, wrote in an op-ed in The Sophian in September.
Smith students, Barrett wrote, like to believe they “represent the free expression of ideas” but, in reality, they “walk on eggshells” worrying they might offend somebody. “That is the social norm here.”
Campus Reform notes that students at taxpayer-funded Miami University in Ohio have been sent to EthicsPoint to report professors and their fellow students for talking about Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton in class.
Smith College long been a white-hot hotbed of leftism. Famed radical feminists Gloria Steinem, Catharine MacKinnon and Betty Friedan are alumnae of the very expensive Northampton, Massachusetts enclave. In 2005, students voted to remove gendered pronouns such as “she” and “her” from the school constitution to prevent various LGBQ students from feeling sad. (RELATED: The 13 Most Rabidly Leftist, Politically Correct Colleges For Dirty, Tree-Hugging Hippies)