|Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey|
Political correctness has been a scourge on American academia for too long. If liberal arts universities in New York and Massachusetts wish to continue the practice that is up to them, but it has no place at institutions of higher learning in Tennessee. The General Assembly was assured that no "practice or policy" would be published without Chancellor Cheek's approval.
If this post was approved by Chancellor Cheek, he should resign. If not, the entire staff of the Office for Diversity and Inclusion should be dismissed. The reputation of Tennessee is at stake here.
If the University of Tennessee cannot keep its house in order the General Assembly must shift funding to the University of Memphis, ETSU or other institutions of higher learning that don't embarrass us nationally on a regular basis.
This is just the latest example of political correctness run amok at the University of Tennessee. While the advisory makes clear it is not university policy, these "suggestions" call into question what purpose university offices of diversity serve. Students attend college to study great thinkers and prepare for an increasingly competitive job market. They don't go to have their values and traditions sidelined and undermined. I can assure you that university offices of diversity will be subject to increased scrutiny during our upcoming legislative session.
My Comment: I am proud of Ron Ramsey and the stand he is taking.