Oxford University released its latest guidance where students who avoid making eye contact with their peers or asking where they are originally from could make one guilty of racism.
Fearing that could lead to “mental ill-health,” Oxford’s Equality and Diversity Unit published a newsletter telling their students “not speaking directly to people” that could be deemed a “racial microaggression,” according to The Telegraph.
The newsletter says not making eye contact is considered a “micro-aggression,” which can lead to things such as mental health problems and other issues.
Other things students need to avoid doing are asking someone where they are originally from and cracking jokes about other students’ nationality or race, the newsletter said.
The Daily Caller reports:
“Some people who do these things may be entirely well-meaning, and would be mortified to realize that they had caused offence. But this is of little consequence if a possible effect of their words or actions is to suggest to people that they may fulfill a negative stereotype, or do not belong to,” the newsletter states.
In a statement to The Telegraph, Oxford defended the newsletter as part of its efforts to create a discrimination-free campus.
Universities have been criticized of breeding a “snowflake generation” of students, who are viewed as hypersensitive and easily get offended.