Profs at UT to Bribe Students Not To Kill Them
University of Texas at Austin Suggests Novel Health Strategy
But since the bribes are limited to $50, they are not likely to be very effective, argues public interest law professor John Banzhaf, noting that the school's suggestion of offering cookies or donuts demonstrates the ludicrous as well as dangerous position faculty find themselves in.
The activist law professor suggests that a more effective alternative would be to "Sue The Bastards" by bringing legal actions under the Americans With Disabilities Act [ADA], the Occupational Safety and Health Act [OSHA], and/or applicable anti- discrimination laws; tactics which he has used successfully in many situations. Some at other institutions of higher education are already doing this.
Banzhaf reports that professors at UT are interpreting new university guidance as suggesting that they are individually responsible - financially and otherwise - for the safety conditions in their own classrooms.
A professor complained that students will find the policy of offering cookies and donuts "absurd and juvenile. . . . I think many of us find the idea of offering our classes a cookie or doughnut for wearing a mask seems a bit too much like second-grade classroom-management tactics."
The suggestion for offering a cookie or doughnut to help protect the teacher - as well as older family or young children in the home - from hospitalization, long COVID, or even death - is neither hyperbole nor hypothetical, says Banzhaf, citing the following suggestion from the university:
"The instructor offers that everyone who wears a mask for two weeks of their class can stop by the courtyard to pick up a gift certificate for a free item from a nearby bakery."
Moreover, he suggests, the risk of becoming infected with this deadly diseases is much greater on campuses because college is a more contagious environment than most because so many students live, play, and learn very closely together.
Indeed, a recent study showed that coronavirus's reproduction rate - the average number of people an infected person infects - is twice as high on a typical residential college campus as it is among the general public..
So "Let Them Eat Cake" and pay for it may be the only way UT professors can protect themselves and other family members from infection with a deadly disease, argues Banzhaf.