Link to Article: The president of Santa Monica College is urging students who witness “hate speech” to file a report with campus police.
“Reaffirming SMC’s Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion” was emailed to all students and staff on May 3 after an unknown “outside visitor brought hate speech onto one of Santa Monica College’s campuses.”
“This will not be tolerated,” writes President Kathryn E. Jeffries. “If you are the target of hate speech or witness it, you should immediately contact the Santa Monica College Police Department at (310) 434-4300 or submit an anonymous report to campus police.”
The email also encouraged students “not to engage with the individual causing such an incident,” instead referring them to the school’s crime reporting form, which allows students to anonymously claim incidents such as theft and assault.
… “Hate speech can lead to violence, and the role of campus police is to preserve peace,” Smith added.
Though she noted that hate speech itself is not a crime, “when it is coupled with an element of bias and tied to another crime such as assault or vandalism, that’s when campus police would investigate it as a potential hate crime.”
In that case, she said, “campus police would hand over the investigation to a local prosecuting authority in such a case to provide the verdict.”
Admin Notes: So who determines what is Hate Speech? Only the left? What happened to free speech which was written specifically to protect speech such as hate speech.