Stanford University: Stanford’s essay heading is ‘an essay meant for someone who’s not smart’
Posted On August 8, 2021
Stanford’s student essay heading has been removed from its website after some students took to Twitter to complain that the term was “anti-white” and “a little racist.”
The term “Stanford Essay Headings” was first created by the university in 2016.
In a statement sent to Recode, a spokesperson for Stanford University told the site that the school does not allow “hate speech,” but it “does not tolerate anti-Semitism, anti-Blackness, or other forms of discrimination.”
“We don’t allow hate speech on our campus,” the spokesperson wrote.
“But when someone’s doing something to harm someone’s feelings, it is important to make it clear that the harm they are expressing is not directed at them.”
The spokesperson also said that the university “cannot tolerate any behavior that would harm our community or negatively impact other students.”
Some students at Stanford who tweeted about the term also said they were offended by the term’s “hate-filled, racist” nature.
The university’s student community is currently discussing how to remove the term, which is not available on the university’s official website.
According to the Stanford student government, the term “Essay Headers” was created as a way to create a platform for “student leaders and students to express themselves without having to hide behind a computer screen.”
The university’s website also contains a list of ways students can “identify the voices they want to hear in their community” and to “give voice to students who don’t fit into the status quo.”
The Stanford student-led project to create the term has been in the works for about a year, and some students have used the term in conversation with other students, according to the spokesperson.