University of Chicago is not for the faint of heart freshmen. Before students head back to school, the highly esteemed university sent a preemptive warning regarding the 2017 school year. In short: they give zero f*cks when it comes to safe spaces, trigger warnings and the easily offended.
The letter was sent to the entire class of 2020, and made clear that administrators do not plan to bend for those looking for political correctness. Instead, they plan to enforce freedom of speech, thought and expression in every way possible.
“Our commitment to academic freedom means that we do not support so-called ‘trigger warnings,'” the letter reads. “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.”
However, while they encourage this freedom, they remind students that they also condemn straight-up harassment.
“Civility and mutual respect are vital to all of us, and freedom of expression does not mean the freedom to harass or threaten others. You will find that we expect members of our community to be engaged in rigorous debate, discussion, and even disagreement. At times this may challenge you and even cause discomfort.”
The move is somewhat out of the ordinary considering the current political climate on college campuses these days. For instance, according to Mediate, Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland offered students counseling to those affected by the Republican National Convention.
“University Counseling Services will continue to offer walk-in services for students who want to talk with someone about their concerns related to recent events and/or the upcoming convention,” the school announced via its newsletter.
And then there was Milo Yiannopoulos, an extremely conservative gay journalist who spoke at Rutgers University last semester. Sadly he didn’t get far — he was interrupted by student protesters mid-speech for his controversial beliefs. “In my view, anyone who asks for a trigger warning or safe space should be immediately expelled,” he said before being ambushed by students covered in red paint.
Fortunately, University of Chicago students won’t have to worry about similar instances. Here’s the full letter that was sent out to freshmen:
.@UChicago does not:
🎓 "support so-called 'trigger warnings'"
🎓 "cancel invited speakers"
🎓 condone "safe spaces" pic.twitter.com/DH7IVfYZ4U
— Judge Don Willett (@JusticeWillett) August 25, 2016
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