Former University of New Mexico Student Files Lawsuit Claiming She Was Ostracized for Anti-Gay Views

Monica Pompeo filed a law suit last year alleging that UNM violated her rights and acted inappropriately when she was kicked out of a film class for describing a lesbian romance film as “perverse” in a critique paper for the class.  The professor provided written feedback to Pompeo stating that her comments were “inflammatory and offensive”  She was accused by the professor of hate speech and the professor refused to grade her paper. The university made a motion to have the case dismissed because “the restrictions that the university placed on the student were reasonably related to pedagogic concerns.’ The court denied the motion and the lawsuit will move forward.

According to the court,  the professor violated the terms of her syllabus that called for “open minds” to examine “representations of a plethora of genders and sexualities.” The judge indicated that a university cannot offer free discourse and then punish a student for doing so.

2 thoughts on “Former University of New Mexico Student Files Lawsuit Claiming She Was Ostracized for Anti-Gay Views”

  1. That’s ridiculous, I guess the syllabus now needs a “no hate speech or derogatory language” clause. Its a shame that by wanting students to have an “open mind” there will always be one person who thinks that gives them free range to be a bigot.

  2. Very interesting. I would like to read more and know the student’s justifications to label the film “perverse.” This is a delicate issue because many times people do not mean to be offensive, but their comments can be. I also wonder to what extend is the teacher fostering tolerance in the classroom. Again, I would have to read the whole critique to give a well-grounded opinion.

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