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U. of Chicago: No “Trigger Warnings” or “Safe Spaces” – Rebels, What Say You?

EDITORS NOTE: As a graduate of the University of Missouri (Columbia), this development caught my eye. Last year student-organized protests led to the resignation of the president and chancellor.

The University of Chicago recently informed incoming freshmen that it does not support so-called “safe spaces” or “trigger warnings” on campus.

Addressed to the class of 2020, Jay Ellison, the Dean of Students wrote in a letter, “Our commitment to academic freedoms means that we do not support so-called ‘trigger warnings. We do not cancel invited speakers because their topics might prove controversial, and we do not condone the creation of intellectual ‘safe spaces.’”

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Ellison continues, “Civility and mutual respect are vital to all of us, and freedom of expression does not mean the freedom to harass or threaten others. At times this may challenge you and even cause discomfort.”

Some wonder if the policy was a preemptive strike given the number of student protests last year at schools like the University of Missouri.

Since its release, the letter has gone viral on social media eliciting both support and criticism.

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So Ole Miss Rebels – what say you? Write your comments below.

 

Russ Jones is the Editor-In-Chief for HottyToddy.com. He can be reached at russ.jones@hottytoddy.com.

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