A second year medical student has been suspended from the University of Virginia after questioning his professors during a lecture on microaggressions.
Kieran Bhattacharya was suspended from the University of Virginia after the institution alleged Bhattacharya became “unnecessarily antagonistic and disrespectful” during a lecture Bhattacharya says was titled “Microaggressions: Why Are They So Sensitive.”
Bhattacharya published audio recordings, both of the classroom incident that led to his suspension, and of the following disciplinary hearing that led to his suspension.
In the classroom recording, as the lecture concluded and students are allowed to ask questions at approximately 28 minutes in, Bhattacharya took the opportunity to raise several concerns with the professor.
The student began by thanking the professor for the presentation, and then asked if one must be a member of a marginalized community to receive a migroaggression.
When the professor replied that one does not necessarily need to be a marginalized community to receive a migroaggression, Bhattacharya pointed out, abruptly, that her statement did not seem to follow with the definition she provided during the presentation.
“What I had there was kind of the generalized definition,” the professor said in response, “I extend it beyond that,” before adding that “sometimes it’s not a marginalized group.”
Bhattacharya accepted this point, and followed up with more questions about the professor’s definition of microaggression, asking whether a microaggression depends on the aggressor’s intent, or whether it depends on whether the person receiving the microaggression felt offended.
The professor rebounded to an earlier example made during the presentation, and the class moved on. The back-and-forth took about five minutes from Bhattacharya asking his first question, to the class moving to further questions.
Bhattacharya says he was then summoned by the University of Virginia’s Academic Standards and Achievement Committee for punishment.
During the half hour long meeting, Bhattacharya repeatedly asked what about his behavior was incorrect, and how to remedy it. He was criticized for his decision to record the lecture, and repeatedly told that his “this aggressive, threatening behavior” must be changed.
After repeatedly asking for examples of his unprofessional behavior, one committee member suggested his decision to record the meeting as an example.
At the end of the audio recording, Bhattacharya concluded by once again asking for specific examples of his behavior that were unprofessional, aggressive, or threatening, to which one member of the committee responded that he did not want to “parse words” with the student.
After the meeting, Bhattacharya says he was suspended from the university for one year, something from he claims “ends any chance [he has] of ever practicing medicine.”
Bhattacharya also alleges that after waiting the university’s mandatory 14-day period before he can appeal this decision, the institution has so far been unable or unwilling to process his appeal.
American college campuses have been under focus from conservatives in recent weeks, as the University of Missouri has come under fire during a new lawsuit that alleges a student was incorrectly suspended. In discovery, the university admitted that simply asking a classmate on a date may be considered sexual harassment.
Robert Francis “Beto” O’Rourke Will Begin Teaching at Texas State University in Spring 2021
The Failed Senate Candidate Will Start Indoctrinating College Students Next Year
Former Congressman and failed Senate candidate Robert Francis “Beto” O’Rourke will start teaching Texas politics at Texas State University during the spring 2021 semester, according to an announcement by the Department of Political Science on October 15, 2020. Although his hire has not been finalized, O’Rourke will join the department to teach an online class.
Political Science Chair Ken Grasso said he talked about potential course material with O’Rourke. The former congressman said he has taken a great interest into Texas politics recently.
“He originally approached people in the administration… and expressed an interest in teaching,” Grasso commented. “I was thrilled. He’s got a unique take on things with his experience as a congressman and as [a] senatorial candidate and even a presidential candidate. So we’re very happy to have him.”
In addition, Grasso claims O’Rourke wants to reach out to young adults and is motivated to teach, above all, during a “crucial time for the state and the country.”
Grasso is of the opinion that the addition of O’Rourke would bring a lot of energy to the political science department.
“I don’t know that so much it’s going to increase enrollments; it’ll certainly increase visibility,” Grasso opined. “That’s always a good thing. We tend to sometimes to get lost in the shadow of other institutions.”
If the Wuhan virus pandemic dies down by spring time, Grasso stated that O’Rourke could potentially do in-person classes. The department aims to limit O’Rourke’s class size in order to promote stronger interactions with students.
Grasso cited O’Rourke’s experience in Congress and the El Paso city council as unique factors that will help students understand Texas politics.
“He’s an actual practitioner out there,” Grasso stated. “You don’t know a man until you’ve walked a mile in his moccasins, and none of us have walked in his moccasins.”
For now, O’Rourke has plans of teaching for the spring 2021 semester but Grasso is optimistic that the university can forge a long-lasting relationship with the former congressman. He believes that this could be “the beginning of a long-term relationship.”
The fact that a darling of the Left and ex-politician is set to be quickly integrated into a major university in Texas just shows how consumed by leftism most American universities have become. O’Rourke will do a fantastic job in propagating political correctness, much to the detriment of his students’ learning experience.
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