(Campus Reform) A Columbia University professor recently described how an entire class was punished after some students used “microaggressive” language in an online chat.

Matthea Marquart, who teaches online classes for graduate students studying social work, noticed that some students used unspecified “racially microaggressive” language during the live chat of a recent online class.

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“Directly after class, the instructional team met to debrief and plan a response,” Marquart wrote in a Jan 4 article for the journal of Ethnic and Cultural Diversity in Social Work which she co-authored with the course’s teaching assistant and an online instructional support staffer.

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