An American studies professor at the University of Southern California has “mandated” that students refrain from using the term “illegal immigrants” on their final exams, according to a report from Campus Reform.
A teaching assistant announced the instruction via email on behalf of Prof. Alicia Chavez to students in the AMST 301 course, “American, the Frontier, and the New West,” which is described as “an interdisciplinary study of American political, cultural, and social life with a particular emphasis on the Western United States as a region.”
A student in the class who shared the email with Campus Reform complained that it was one of many examples of anti-conservative bias, which constituted an attack on free speech and intellectual freedom. The student suggested that expressing conservative opinions in the class could negatively affect a student’s grade.
“Hi everyone,” the email reads. “One last message from me for the semester: on your final exams please refrain from using the term, ‘illegal immigrant’ to refer to human beings, -as Professor Chavez has requested (or mandated.) Instead please use ‘undocumented immigrant’ or ‘unauthorized entry’ to describe folks’ status or how they may have arrived in the US.”
It will probably not surprise you to learn that in the next semester USC is offering a course that will examine the “current activism in Standing Rock as water protectors hold off the construction of a destructive oil pipeline.” The course will help students fulfill the requirements of the university’s “American Studies & Ethnicity” major.
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