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Binghamton University was forced to “counsel” a professor after her “progressive stacking” syllabus was found to be in violation of the faculty handbook.
Ana Maria Candela, an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Binghamton University, a State University of New York school, garnered concern from students and reprisal from the administration after details of her syllabus were brought into the public eye.
The syllabus for the Spring semester of the course, “Social Change – Introduction to Sociology,” informed students that priority would be given to “non-white folks, to women, and to shy and quiet people” during class discussions, Campus Reform reported. The syllabus, which referred to the concept of “progressive stacking,” also explicitly states in part that, “if you are white, male, or someone privileged by the racial and gender structures of our society…we will often ask you to hold off on your questions or comments.”
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Candela, whose research is reported to focus “on Chinese migrations to Latin America and on the global dimensions of Chinese history and China’s social transformations,” prefaced this discussion portion of the syllabus, which accounts for 20 percent of her students’ grades, with a quote from Chinese dictator Mao Zedong.
“No investigation, no right to speak,” Candela quoted before detailing how discussion must refer to the assigned topics and reading, and anything she deemed “empty rhetoric” would not count as participation.
While some students questioned the legality of Candela’s policy, others were worried about the impact it would have on their grades. Student Sean Harrigan asked, “How am I supposed to get full participation when the professor won’t call on me even though I had my hand up the longest?”
Another student, Michael Lawrence, told Campus Reform that this wasn’t the only class where he had been subjected to such rules and that they teach “students to victimize people and see them as less than many of their peers.”
Emme Young, also a Binghamton student, added, “It’s pretty embarrassing that I pay tuition to a school that has a class with that syllabus.”
A spokesperson informed Fox News Digital that, after the concerns were brought to their attention, the syllabus had been updated.
“The Faculty Staff Handbook outlines principles of effective teaching, which include valuing and encouraging student feedback, encouraging appropriate faculty-student interaction, and respecting diverse talents and learning styles of students,” the spokesperson explained. “The syllabus statement you have brought to our attention clearly violates those principles. The faculty member has updated their syllabus, removing the section in question, and is now in compliance with the Faculty Staff Handbook.”
Ryan Yarosh, the senior director of media and public relations for Binghamton, told Campus Reform that Candela was “counseled” without explanation as to what that entailed. The link to her profile on the Binghamton University website now presents a nearly bland page stating “No profile found.”
“Social Change – Introduction to Sociology” is a required course for any student at Binghamton University majoring in Sociology.
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