Bisexual Students Get Extra Credit at University of Wisconsin

WISC1At the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee a teaching assistant put out an email that offers extra credit to students—but only if they’re bisexual. Unfortunately, the right-wing conservative Campus Reform is making an issue about the extra credit and calling it discriminatory.

Jonathan Dellinger sent out the email on April 1 to a communications class and promised three extra credit points to any of the students who were bisexual. That’s because the study focuses on bullying directed specifically toward bisexuals.

“I’m just writing to inform you of another extra credit opportunity (3 points). To be eligible to participate in this study, you must identify as bisexual, so not everyone will be able to do this one.”

The criticism is that there are not alternatives to the three-points in extra credit for non-bisexual students.

Three students are asking bisexual students to participate in their survey “examining hurtful communication in close relationship regarding one’s bisexual identity.” The students will be interviewed for about 20 minutes by one of the researchers.

One administrator is quoted by Campus Reform said the extra credit assignment is unfair. The paper also got a conservative gay Log Cabin Republican spokesman to criticize the extra credit as “against everything that should be taught in our universities.” The other question is whether it was all an April Fool’s joke?

Mike Szymanski
Mike Szymanski has written about bisexual issues since 1989 and has one of the longest-running regular bisexual columns as the National Bisexuality Examiner. He came out as bisexual in a cover story of Genre magazine, which resulted in more than 50 television appearances, including Ricki Lake, Phil Donahue Show and 20/20. Szymanski won the Lambda Literary Award in 2007 for co-authoring an informative humor book “The Bisexual’s Guide to the Universe: Quips, Tips and Lists for Those Who Go Both Ways.” Write him at [email protected]