[Wsssc] Need your help

Cosby, Glen Glen.Cosby at scc.spokane.edu
Wed Jan 10 20:01:31 PST 2018

Our AAG concurs with Robert's.  Assuming the wearing is not accompanied by disruptive behavior or harassing speech acts, it is protected free speech.
From: wsssc [wsssc-bounces at lists.ctc.edu] on behalf of Lin Zhou [lzhou at bates.ctc.edu]
Sent: Wednesday, January 10, 2018 6:42 PM
To: Robert Cox
Cc: wsssc at lists.ctc.edu
Subject: Re: [Wsssc] Need your help


Thank you for your email. I will consult our AAG tomorrow and look into training opportunities for our faculty, staff and students.


Dr. Lin Zhou
Vice President of Institutional Effectiveness and Student Success
Bates Technical College
Phone: 253-377 5168

On Jan 10, 2018, at 6:05 PM, Robert Cox <robert.cox at centralia.edu<mailto:robert.cox at centralia.edu>> wrote:

Hey Lin,
You should check with your AAG but a restriction on shirt content of this nature would probably be considered a first amendment violation.

You may want to consider counter speech through some programming to try to turn this into an educational opportunity.

These are tough issues! Good luck!

I apologize for typos. This
message is sent from my phone.

On Wed, Jan 10, 2018 at 5:36 PM -0800, "Lin Zhou" <lzhou at bates.ctc.edu<mailto:lzhou at bates.ctc.edu>> wrote:

Happy New Year, WSSSC members!

I run into a situation that I do not have the culture background or deep understanding to know how to respond:

I have a faculty member expressed the frustration on students who wearing shirts with Confederate flag to her class. The request from the faculty member is to have the college make a statement that Confederate flags are inappropriate and not tolerable on campus.

Honestly, I had to learn what “Confederate Flag” is first before I understand the complaint. When I talk to couple people from Bates, I was given different answers.

My questions to you are: if you have been in the similar situation, how did you handle that?  Do you have a statement specifically on Confederate flag? If yes, could you please share it with me?

Many thanks!

Dr. Lin Zhou
Vice President
Institutional Effectiveness and Student Success

Bates Technical College
Email: lzhou at bates.ctc.edu<mailto:lzhou at bates.ctc.edu>
Phone: (253) 680 7105
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