Just one day after the U.S. Department of Justice announced it would join a lawsuit challenging the University of Michigan’s anti-harassment policies on grounds they allegedly violate the First Amendment, university officials have decided to revise the policies in question.
“The revised definitions more precisely and accurately reflect the commitment to freedom of expression that has always been expressed in the statement itself,” said E. Royster Harper, vice president of student life, in a statement.
The university prohibits harassment, which it defines as “unwanted negative attention,” and encourages students to report instances of it to the campus’s Bias Response Team. Administrators have pledged, however, to remove language from the code of conduct that claims “the most important indication of bias is your own feelings.”
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