A professor at the University of Utah was accused of creating a “hostile work environment” for his students after he assigned male authors as part of the course curriculum.
According to a report by The College Fix, a professor at the University of Utah was reported by a student for his decision to assign male authors as part of the course curriculum. The student filed a bias incident report that argued that some of the authors held outdated and sexist beliefs.
“Many of these figures are of great importance. But at what cost do we continue to plant the seed of sexism in the minds of individuals?” the bias incident report read. “But especially in a course and college that is already deemed to be a ‘boys club’, continuing those teachings, and those teachings being delivered by a professor of [his] character is dangerous.”
The student did not provide a concrete example of the ways in which the authors were sexist. However, the student argued that America’s economic system was founded “in conjunction” with outdated, sexist attitudes.
“I believe it to no longer be necessary when teaching the foundations of our country’s economic system and those who helped build [its] ideals to be presented in conjunction with their sexist beliefs that have already planted their roots within our global and local communities,” the student added in the complaint.
“As a top university in the nation, I believe we have a duty to lead by example,” the student continued. “Pave a new path and right the wrongs of those before us. Some may argue enduring this type of behavior is what needs to be done to play in the ‘big leagues’ of male-dominated fields, such as business. And I can agree to play the game to some degree, but if an opportunity to help change the game presents itself, you take it. [My] professor’s behavior and certain choice of text have greatly affected me both emotionally and academically.”
It is not clear if the professor has been sanctioned by the university as a result of the bias incident report. A spokesperson for the university told The College Fix that each incident is handled individually. In some occasions, incidents are addressed via a meeting with the professor to address the student’s complaint.
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