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Student representative: Our university, in expelling a student who verbally harassed his roommate, has erred by penalizing the student for doing what he surely has a right to do: speak his mind!
Dean of students: But what youâ€™re saying is that our university should endorse verbal harassment. Yet surely if we did that, we would threaten the free flow of ideas that is the essence of university life.
Which one of the following is a questionable technique that the dean of students uses in attempting to refute the student representative?
(A) challenging the student representativeâ€™s knowledge of the process by which the student was expelled
(B) invoking a fallacious distinction between speech and other sorts of behavior
(C) misdescribing the student representativeâ€™s position, thereby making it easier to challenge
(D) questioning the motives of the student representative rather than offering reasons for the conclusion defended
(E) relying on a position of power to silence the opposing viewpoint with a threat
IMO, student representative is trying to say that it was not the verbal harassment but the student was speaking his ideas.
But Dean counter that argument by describing that student representative is trying to defend the verbal harassment.