A guide to preventing “bias incidents” published by Rutgers University warns students that the idea of “free speech” is a lie, Campus Reform reports. “There is no such thing as ‘free’ speech. On the university website, the committee explains how almost any statement that fails the political correctness test on any level could merit investigation. All speech has a cost and consequences,” opens the page dedicated to the school’s “Bias Prevention & Education Committee.”  The page, maintained by the school’s office of student affairs, encourages students to “think before you speak” and also offers four other core suggestions to avoid the specter of bias incidents. “Engage,” says one tip. “Join activities, programs, courses, and practices that promote diversity and social justice.” “Lose stereotypes about any group,” says another. “There is no such thing as a ‘positive’ stereotype. All stereotypes are inherently negative, hurtful, and damaging.” The page’s definition of what constitutes a bias incident is quite broad, to say the least. “Bias Acts Are: Verbal, written, physical, psychological acts that threaten or harm a person or group on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, ancestry, disability, marital status, civil union status, domestic partnership status, atypical heredity or cellular blood trait, military service or veteran status,” the description reads.  The university encourages students to report “bias incidents”—which can be done anonymously—using an online Incident Report Form. Students can report bias incidents as either a victim or a witness.  The thought crime menu is bigger and more varied than the dinner menu. There is so many potential way to incriminate yourself, it’s hard to pick just one. Obviously this is that hallmark of a solid institution of higher learning.  Maybe with a little bit of luck some student will seize this incredible opportunity and file a bias report against Rutgers’s own Professor Brittney Cooper, who has written that the God Christian conservatives worship is “an a**hole” and a “white supremacist.” 
After Campus Reform reported on the page on Friday, the sentence has been removed, Reason.com reports.   The wording No Such Thing As ‘Free Speech’ caused an outcry given that universities are supposed to be the very institutions where free speech is nurtured and encouraged. “Rutgers defines bias so broadly that all kinds of clearly protected speech would likely trigger an incident report and subsequent investigation by this Orwellian committee,” wrote Reason’s Robby Soave.   The original can still be seen on the site’s cached page.
The irony in all of this is that Rutgers fancies itself a champion of tolerance and fairness, when in fact a list like this is a warning — and a stern one at that — to students to follow lockstep its liberal prescriptions or pay the price. This is coming, moreover, from a state school, which is at least in part taxpayer-funded.  It’s been a long journey from the free speech to the no free speech movement. Rutgers has had issues with free expression in the past. In 2014, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice chose not to speak at the school’s commencement after widespread student and faculty protests blasted her as a “war criminal.” Now on the behalf of political correctness, Rutgers professors are encouraged to prevent bias inside the classroom by using “the syllabus to create ground rules with regard to difference and disagreement.” Professors are also encouraged to ask their students “how they feel about provocative material, especially that which references issues of race, sexuality, gender, class, religion or any of the other ‘protected classes.’”  We also know that guidelines on behavior and speech being provided to both teachers and students at colleges across the country are emphasizing political correctness at the expense of free expression. A “Bias-Free Language Guide” posted on the University of New Hampshire website which made headlines last month asserts that the word “American” is “problematic” because it “assumes the U.S. is the only country inside [the continents of North and South America].” Other discouraged words and phrases included, “obese,” “normal,” “mothering,” “fathering,” “homosexual,” “illegal alien,” and “senior citizens.” Last month it was reported that the University of Wisconsin (Stevens Point) was teaching faculty members that all manner of harmless behaviors and phrases were examples of “racial microaggressions.”  Except those involving white privilege. That’s a good stereotype. Racism against minorities bad. Racism against white people… better.  The biggest gay rights lobby group in the United States also recently called on schools to eliminate “gender stereotypes” by training staff to avoid using the words “boy” and “girl” in class.  And this is the dictatorship of the demented, the politburo of the politically correct of the modern campus.