When we work with primary sources (that is, materials created during the time period that we are studying--for this course, between 1940 and 1990) we are likely to encounter language and concepts that are uncomfortable and/or considered now to be offensive.
History can be very ugly.
It is important that we understand that these words and concepts are part of history.
It is also important that we understand the potential of these words and concepts to be upsetting or offensive today.
Please be mindful of how you use this language, and be respectful when using it.
We will be likely be discussing some potentially controversial topics in this course, including date rape, teen pregnancy, LGBTQIQA identities, and
Disrespectful use of language referring to sex and gender representation, race, religion, sexual orientation, sexual misconduct, and so on (including "jokes") may result in removal from the class session (constituting an unexcused absence) or from the course entirely.
While humor can help us think about challenging topics, be mindful and avoid derogatory jokes (i.e. sexist, racist, or homophobic jokes, or jokes about rape or sexual violence)
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These on-campus resources allow for confidential disclosure of sexual misconduct. Confidential disclosure means that these organizations are NOT required to report an incident of sexual misconduct to the appropriate authorities. Read more about confidential disclosure here.
All other university resources and university employees (including myself) are considered "responsible employees" and are required to share all reports of sexual misconduct with administrative officials for university review.
If you have experienced sexual misconduct and would prefer not to report it or would like to talk through options confidentially, please keep in mind that I am a "responsible employee" and so must report incidents. I am happy to help you find appropriate confidential resources if needed.
For information about reporting sexual misconduct, see this page at the Dean of Students' site.