UCSB Addresses Offensive Language By Students

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Source: UC Santa Barbara, Division of Student Affairs

JUNE 1, 2020

In recent days, the University has received numerous reports of very offensive language and actions alleged to have been committed by one of our community members. Allegations of bias incidents cannot be ignored and are not in line with our Principles of Community. We thank all those who reached out to report this incident. Your reports allow us to provide support to impacted parties, educate our community, and impose sanctions, as appropriate.  All reports of bias incidents that involve students are thoroughly reviewed and any behavior potentially in violation of our Code of Student Conduct is forwarded to the Office of Student Conduct to be investigated and handled according to UC and UCSB policy. UC Santa Barbara condemns hateful acts and the use of any hateful language and supports an inclusive and welcoming campus. 

MAY 31, 2020

We have received concerned reports alerting the University to social media posts highlighting disturbing conduct by a high school student.  While we are prevented from discussing specific cases by federal law and UC policy, the University thoroughly investigates all reports of conduct by any member of our community, including applicants, that potentially violate our student code of conduct.

The University’s Conditions of Admissions require applicants to the University to: “Maintain conduct consistent with the University’s standards as a diverse, open, and caring community.” The admission policy states that conduct that is inconsistent with positive contributions to the campus environment, such as engaging in violence or threats, or creating a risk to campus or community safety, may result in an admission offer being withdrawn.

Following an investigation, where allegations are substantiated, the University will take the appropriate disciplinary actions, which range from sanctions, to suspension, to removal from campus, in accordance with our policies

The language as reported is inconsistent with the University's standards as a diverse, open, and caring community.

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PitMix Jun 04, 2020 12:38 PM
UCSB Addresses Offensive Language By Students

It's a warning to the other immature kids that racist posts can affect your future in a big way. They've been told to make sure their social media posts don't show them in a derogatory light, and now they are learning why.

a-1591217142 Jun 03, 2020 01:45 PM
UCSB Addresses Offensive Language By Students

This press release is pure propaganda. It’s UCSB saying “ look how PC and caring we are” . I’m sorry, one nut job kid with a politically incorrect post on social media does not require a college to come out and make a public statement, especially such a vague one. Don’t let him in. Report it to the proper authorities and move on. Was it a threat of violence, bombing or was it hate speech? Regardless contact the police.

RHS Jun 03, 2020 06:37 PM
UCSB Addresses Offensive Language By Students

The university does not have to succumb to such pressure. They should hold firm to the ideals of impartiality, freedom of speech, academic integrity. They should be a refuge from populism, momentary passion, reactivity. They should set an example for all of us about what western liberalism, the enlightenment and the renaissance was all about.

a-1591225985 Jun 03, 2020 04:13 PM
UCSB Addresses Offensive Language By Students

I think the university makes an official response because they are criticized if they don’t. Some people seem to think the university has some control over their students’ behavior. That’s naive, but they have to deal with it anyway.

sacjon Jun 03, 2020 11:57 AM
UCSB Addresses Offensive Language By Students

Admission: I used to be less PC and tended to always say "All Lives Matter" and complained about minorities getting special treatment in schools, jobs, etc, until I really looked into it and thought about what African Americans have to deal with every day. I can' say things I used to say anymore without feeling guilty and disappointed in myself. Just sit and think about what a young black man has to go through every day in most parts of our country. We don't see it in SB as much, but it's VERY prevalent in other parts of our country and throughout our history as a nation. Just think and have some empathy and you may just change your tune. I sure did!

PitMix Jun 03, 2020 01:10 PM
UCSB Addresses Offensive Language By Students

SacJon, thank you for your post. When I think about it not happening here as much, I attribute it to the fact that there are so few african-american in SB City to start with. The 2010 census had them at 1.3% of the population, so that is 900 or so individuals. Really I can go days without seeing even one. And when you have a city that has that lack of diversity, how can that not be due to severe racial inequality? Which has its roots in racism.

Shmonk Jun 03, 2020 12:18 PM
UCSB Addresses Offensive Language By Students

A UCSB senior was caught on video taking a picture posing with a drill, to make it look like she was helping with damage cleanup. She then gave the drill back and got into her Mercedes and drove away

Marv Jun 03, 2020 11:16 AM
UCSB Addresses Offensive Language By Students

"Black Lives Matter," as a slogan is fine by me. However, "Black Lives Matter," the organization has been anti-semitic from its origin. Go check. To wit, we see the tagging and anti semitic messages placed on a synagogue in Los Angeles. It wasn't enough to march in the streets; someone saw the Star of David and had to defile it. To me, the moral high ground was abandoned. But I am not surprised.

sacjon Jun 03, 2020 11:46 AM
UCSB Addresses Offensive Language By Students

MARV - to say BLM is anti-Semitic as a whole is like saying all the protesters were looting. That is just not true. Sure, there may be some iffy characters that march under the BLM banner, but attributing the vandalism by a few to the entire organization is like saying all police officers approve of kneeling on black peoples' necks until they die. It's just not true and sounds extremely ignorant. Have you read the BLM website? Here, go take a look and see for yourself: https://blacklivesmatter.com/what-we-believe/

a-1591209332 Jun 03, 2020 11:35 AM
UCSB Addresses Offensive Language By Students

You are totally losing sight of the forest for the trees. Do not mistake the actions of the few as reflection of the ideals of the whole. The movement and organization is so large it is frankly ridiculous to make blanket statements declaring it "anti-semitic".

RHS Jun 03, 2020 11:14 AM
UCSB Addresses Offensive Language By Students

This press release is bizarre. Like having to whisper around a problem we are not allowed to express out loud but also having to pretend that as an academic/intellectual institution they respect free speech and thought on top of which is the pressure to show the concerned community that it is responsive. In my opinion, if there was an action necessary and justifiable toward this person it should have been done quietly and without seeking public praise. No one can possibly think that the university supports what every incoming or current or former student says. Having to disavow such stuff is, as I say, bizarre.

Luvaduck Jun 03, 2020 09:48 AM
UCSB Addresses Offensive Language By Students

I've often found that PC language goes so far in the opposite direction that it actually supports what it means to protest against. To me, the "Black lives matter" slogan is a case in point: It strongly implies that red, white, yellow brown lives don't. I understand the frustration and I'm sure that isn't the intent of most people who use it, but any sort of exclusion works against unity and justice for everyone and can alienate thoughful supporters.

sacjon Jun 03, 2020 11:50 AM
UCSB Addresses Offensive Language By Students

LUVADUCK - BLM does not mean no other lives matter. It's simply saying that everyone else is treated with dignity, respect and allowed to live without fear of being killed for the color of their skin, but not black people. It's saying hey, we're black and our lives matter just as much as white lives. It's saying our lives have been so horribly abused and disregarded throughout the history of this country, but now, it's time to recognize that they matter too! Saying All Lives Matter is the same as saying there's no racism, we're all treated the same. That is not true.

a-1591206268 Jun 03, 2020 10:44 AM
UCSB Addresses Offensive Language By Students

@LuvaDuck, quick example of Black Lives Matter vs All Lives Matter. Bob is sitting at the dinner table. Everyone gets a plate of food except Bob. Bob says, "Bob Deserves Food." Everyone at the table response with "Everyone Deserves Food" and continues eating. Although everyone does deserve food, it does nothing to rectify the fact that Bob has no food.

a-1591204673 Jun 03, 2020 10:17 AM
UCSB Addresses Offensive Language By Students

As an older caucasian woman, I understand your point, LUVADUCK. However, I disagree that saying "Black Lives Matter" dismisses other ethnicities. It is saying only, pointedly: "Black Lives Matter". One reason that black/brown people are justifiably angry is that their unique suffering, due to their race, is diluted/trivialized in many ways, often by people who have benefitted from being non-black/brown, frequently referred to as "white privilege". An admission: I used to believed that "white privilege" was an attack, a veiled criticism, of white people due to jealousy/envy/sour grapes, until I watched - and re-watched - "I Am Not Your Negro", about the life + work of James Baldwin. It is difficult for us-who-have-much to truly understand others-who-have-less. BTW, I <3 your thoughtful posts, LUV ;-}

mjackman44 Jun 03, 2020 09:20 AM
UCSB Addresses Offensive Language By Students

Offensive language (?) has to be carefully controlled as it can lead to one-sided assumptions about what really is happening, being said in our world today. The most important element in our rare world culture is free speech--not censored speech that is labeled by others in offensive accusatory ways.
There is racism now directed at all races/backgrounds. Political correctness is not even correct in every case. Respectfully correct, inclusive opinions are better if civil in delivery. Rampant insulting language and its use has become so common that there is not enough soap in Santa Barbara to wash people's mouth these days. These were called "conversational cripples" in my training at UC. We need to use words that connect us for collaboration not degrade anyone or are insulting. No censorship please-- that is the danger with policies like these.

a-1591150950 Jun 02, 2020 07:22 PM
UCSB Addresses Offensive Language By Students

Welcome to the new and improved Cancel Culture. This has just gotten so out of hand as to be completely absurd. “Offensive” is subjective, whether you like it or not.

a-1591148863 Jun 02, 2020 06:47 PM
UCSB Addresses Offensive Language By Students

There was a post on reddit that might be one of the incidents they're referring to. An incoming Freshman was on social media with hateful and racist wording. Students emailed UCSB about it.

a-1591210530 Jun 03, 2020 11:55 AM
UCSB Addresses Offensive Language By Students

LUVADUCK - "I'm not condoning hate posting, but..." But what? You're excusing it, that's what. This is the problem. Making excuses for racism is no better than condoning it.

Luvaduck Jun 03, 2020 09:59 AM
UCSB Addresses Offensive Language By Students

I'm not condoning hate posting, but freshmen often support the views of their homes and communities b/c that's what they've heard all their lives so far & never critically examined it. Without getting into the 'all college professors are left-wing nutcases' squabble, a marvelous effect of education (and travel) is exposure to others who have different views and different life experiences. That promotes understanding and tends to modify extremes.

Get over it Jun 02, 2020 06:45 PM
UCSB Addresses Offensive Language By Students

I have a child at DP and they sent out something about a disturbing social media post. Same complete vagueness. I assume some kid was trolling with some racest post or just not agreeing with the current diatribe and expressed it poorly. Either way, why report it or inform parents with no info?

REX OF SB Jun 02, 2020 05:56 PM
UCSB Addresses Offensive Language By Students

Could this press release possibly be any more vague? I understand how legally, specifics can't be disclosed, but a general idea of what happened is certainly in order.

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