The Undergraduate Student Government presented a resolution that would allow students to post reviews of their professors at a meeting on Tuesday.
Former USG Senator Jacquelyne Tan, who co-authored the resolution, presented the Learning Experience Evaluation Resolution as a USC exclusive alternative to services like RateMyProfesors.com.
However, studies show that the site demonstrates bias against female professors and professors of color. The research finds that men were more likely to be described as ‘intelligent,’ or chill, while women were more frequently described as ‘bossy’ or ‘annoying.’ Terms like ‘boring’ and ‘passive’ were used more frequently to describe professors of color.
“Everyone uses RateMyProfessor as the primary tool to figure out whether they should take a class,” Tan said. “But some of the comments on that forum can be extremely toxic and biased.”
The new program would address this by partnering with the university to monitor student comments. It would be moderated by the USC Learning Experience Evaluation team in conjunction with the USC Center for Excellence in Teaching to ensure the platform would “uphold and improve upon USC’s core teaching values.”
The Senate will vote on the resolution next week.
USG President Trenton Stone was also scheduled to announce the new Chief Justice at the meeting, but Senator Emily Donahue tabled the presentation.
USG Secretary Jill Lin said the decision was due to a lack of information regarding the current judicial branch. There is no date set to revisit the discussion.