March 24, 2020 |
The University of California (UC) system has issued a “guidance document” directing campus officials, faculties, administrators, students, and staff not to use the term “Chinese virus” to describe the coronavirus. This is evident from a copy of the document that is available on the UCLA Medical School website.
“Do not use terms such as ‘Chinese virus’ or any other terms that create intentional or unintentional projections of hatred against Asian communities, and do not allow the use of these terms by others,” states UC’s document The Council of Chief Diversity officers should ensure a “supportive, positive and integrative campus climate” during the coronavirus pandemic.
The document also calls on the university community to oppose “racism, sexism, xenophobia, and any hateful or intolerant speech” in face-to-face interactions and online.
“Be a” climber “and prevent others from engaging in such behavior,” it says.