- The Washington Times - Monday, February 9, 2015

The University of Michigan has launched a $16,000 campaign aimed at teaching students that certain words are considered offensive and should not be used on campus.

As part of the new “Inclusive Language Campaign,” dozens of posters have been plastered across the Ann Arbor campus warning students not to use words that could offend others, such as “crazy,” “insane,” “retarded,” “gay,” “tranny,” “gypped,” “illegal alien,” “fag,” “ghetto” and “raghead,” The College Fix reported.

Hyperbolic statements like “I want to die” and “that test raped me” are also reportedly deemed unacceptable.

University spokesman Rick Fitzgerald told The College Fix that the campaign aims to “address campus climate by helping individuals understand that their words can impact someone and to encourage individuals to commit to creating a positive campus community.”

“This program is intended to be educational, not regulatory,” he added. “We hope there is only the understanding that we all participate in, and have the power to influence campus culture.”

Students have been asked to sign a pledge vowing to abide by the new guidelines and help others “understand the importance of using inclusive language,” according to campaign materials, The College Fix reported.

The campaign, for which the university has budgeted $16,000, according to Mr. Fitzgerald, comes at a time when tuition and fees have been raised on students for the last two consecutive years, The College Fix reported.

Asked if the campaign stifles free speech, the spokesman said “we believe this program has just the opposite effect.”

“We believe it will make discourse more constructive by respecting the views and perspectives of others,” he told the website. “A campus conversation about the impact of words is good for everyone.”

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