The Justice Department weighed in on microaggressions Monday, filing a statement of interest in a case against the University of Michigan’s “bias response policy.”
The policy, depicted by the University of Michigan as “a group of professional staff” that “focuses on addressing incidents that may reflect bias against members of the University community based on their identity,” is being challenged by Speech First, a First Amendment advocacy group.
According to the University of Michigan’s own policy description, “The BRT works to ensure that appropriate University resources and expertise are made available to anyone who feels they have been harmed by bias.”
The DOJ released a statement calling the policy “unconstitutional because it offers no clear, objective definitions of the violations” and noted that such a policy “chills protected speech.”
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