Oxford Allowing Law Students to Pass on Topics Too 'Distressing' for Them
Oxford University is making special exceptions for its more sensitive students.
Professors have been instructed to warn undergraduate law students if the day's lecture -- on sex crimes, for example -- could be "potentially distressing," in which case they can be excused. The practice is commonly known as giving a "trigger warning."
According to Daily Mail, one law student explained: "Before the lectures on sexual offenses -- which included issues such as rape and sexual assault -- we were warned that the content could be distressing, and were then given the opportunity to leave if we needed to."
Not all faculty are embracing the policy.
"We can’t remove sexual offenses from the criminal law syllabus – obviously," Professor Laura Hayano said. "If you’re going to study law, you have to deal with things that are difficult."
An Oxford spokesman said that the university isn't trying to protect students from ideas that might be uncomfortable for them.
"However, there may be occasions when a lecturer feels it is appropriate to advise students of potentially distressing subject matter."
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