of Policy is Unacceptable
night (Feb. 12) or this morning, our campus was blanketed with posters
announcing an event called smear the queer. Although
this is a well-known playground game, the name of this event is
offensive to a great many members of the Oberlin College community,
and it should be offensive to anyone who believes in creating and
maintaining an open and welcoming environment for everyone.
For more than thirty years, Oberlin College has included sexual
orientation in its anti-discrimination policies. We maintain an
abiding commitment to creating a campus environment of dignity and
respect for all. Language of this nature is in violation of College
policy and must not be tolerated.
I call upon all members of the College community to join me in condemning
acts of hostility or bigotry, however intended, and to redouble
our efforts to make this a community in which such acts have no
place and become, indeed, unimaginable.
Peter D. Goldsmith
Dean of Students
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