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University of Michigan Tells Students Not To Say 'Gay,' 'Insane,' 'Retarded'

| by Michael Allen
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The University of Michigan recently started its Inclusive Language Campaign to stop students using certain words.

While tuition for the school has increased, the university is spending $16,000 in an effort to censor students from saying: “crazy,” “insane,” “retarded,” “gay,” “tranny,” “gypped,” “illegal alien,” “f--,” “ghetto," “raghead," “I want to die” and “that test raped me,” noted The College Fix.

The forbidden words are listed on posters throughout the campus and students are asked to sign a pledge to "use inclusive language"  to help fellow students "understand the importance of using inclusive language."

The University of Michigan also has a free speech policy listed in its handbook that states: "Free speech is at the heart of the academic mission. The University encourages open and vigorous discussion and strives to maintain an environment where the free exchange of ideas and opinions can flourish."

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A University of Michigan representative told The College Fix in an email that the campaign is educational, not regulatory, and will “address campus climate by helping individuals understand that their words can impact someone and to encourage individuals to commit to creating a positive campus community.”

One of the forbidden words, "insane," is a legal and medical term, so it's not clear how the university will avoid that word in classes dealing with mental health and the legal system.

“A lot of the time we use words without understanding the impact they have on others,” Meghan McCullough, a graduate student, told the Michigan Daily. “The ILC is about raising awareness about how other people are impacted by the words that we use and how that contributes to our campus culture as a whole.”

“A lot of what students experience on campus are little comments or phrases that they overhear in class or just when they’re walking by that are also triggering that maybe don’t receive as much attention because they just happen in passing,” said Kidada Malloy, a program assistant with the university's Expect Respect campaign. “ILC is a great program because it will improve the day-to-day language of students on campus by providing education around words that are offensive.“

Sources: The College Fix, Michigan Daily, UMich.edu, TheFreeDictionary.com Image Credit: By Kurt Loewenstein Educational Center International Team from Germany via Wikimedia Commons