Missouri U. Police E-mail: Call Us About ‘Harmful’ or ‘Hateful’ Speech

U Missouri Police

It seems the campus police at Missouri University are now investigating incidents of “hurtful” speech.  Here is the e-mail that was sent out to the students and faculty, as reported by the Volokh Conspiracy:

Date: November 10, 2015 at 9:52:16 AM CST
Subject: Reporting Hateful and/or Hurtful Speech

To continue to ensure that the University of Missouri campus remains safe, the MU Police Department (MUPD) is asking individuals who witness incidents of hateful and/or hurtful speech or actions to:

  • Call the police immediately at 573-882-7201. (If you are in an emergency situation, dial 911.)
  • Give the communications operator a summary of the incident, including location.
  • Provide a detailed description of the individual(s) involved.
  • Provide a license plate and vehicle descriptions (if appropriate).
  • If possible and if it can be done safely, take a photo of the individual(s) with your cell phone.

Delays, including posting information to social media, can often reduce the chances of identifying the responsible parties. While cases of hateful and hurtful speech are not crimes, if the individual(s) identified are students, MU’s Office of Student Conduct can take disciplinary action.

Yes, it seems the University is actually going to use the real police as Orwellian thought police to find the perpetrators of “hurtful speech” (whatever that is) so that they “can take disciplinary action” against them.


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