University 'Warns' Incoming Freshmen: No Safe Spaces or Trigger Warnings Here
One university has apparently had enough of so-called "safe spaces" that shield students from ideas they might find offensive.
The University of Chicago, where President Barack Obama was a law professor, wrote in a letter to the incoming freshman class that the school is committed to freedom of expression and that students will not be protected from any potentially upsetting points of view.
"Our commitment to academic freedom 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' where individuals can retreat from ideas and perspectives at odds with their own," the letter states.
Many American universities have been criticized in recent years, with some saying they are coddling students and preventing some viewpoints, especially those of conservatives, from being heard.
The letter from the university directed students to its 2015 report from the Committee on Freedom of Expression.
In that report, a former president of the university emphasized that “education should not be intended to make people comfortable, it is meant to make them think."
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