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UA backs down from setting up ‘speech police’

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By Howard Fischer | Capitol Media Services via PinalCentral

Buffeted by claims from a Pinal County lawmaker it was creating “speech police,” the University of Arizona is backing down from its plan to create “social justice advocates” on campus — at least for the time being.

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Spokeswoman Pam Scott said Monday that applications are no longer being accepted while the university reevaluates both the job title and the responsibilities. Those duties according to the online ad for the positions, included reporting bias incidents or claims to university residence life staff.

But Scott said the UA still believes the idea — perhaps reimagined and retitled — still has merit. And she said the school will be flushing out the plans over the summer in time for the fall semester.

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