Harvard Title IX session tells students 'using the wrong pronouns' violates policy: report

The session is reportedly mandatory for all undergraduates.

Updated: September 14, 2022 - 2:39pm

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Harvard has reportedly told undergraduate students in a mandatory Title IX training session that "using the wrong pronouns" could violate the school's policies, according to slides from the presentation.

Harvard also included a "Power and Control" wheel in the session to showcase to students how ideas such as "size-ism & fat-phobia" and "cis-heterosexism" contribute to violence and abuse, slides from the session obtained by the Washington Free Beacon apear to show.

Harvard stated that outside of Title IX, a federal law prohibiting sex-based discrimination, violating the school's sexual misconduct policy "may result" in "termination, dismissal, expulsion" or, in cases of professors, "revocation of tenure." Harvard states defines sexual misconduct as "unwelcome conduct on the basis of sex, including sexual orientation and gender identity."

In one Title IX training scenario presented to students, a character is "repeatedly using the wrong pronouns" and commenting on another person's appearance and gender identity. The slide states that the remarks "contribute to a climate of disrespect and may also violate Harvard's policies," the Free Beacon also reports.

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