U. of Chicago to incoming freshmen: We don’t tolerate ‘trigger warnings,’ ‘safe spaces’


A crack has appeared in the hard veneer of liberal idiocy that has enshrouded the nation’s institutions of higher learning in recent years, admitting the first ray of hope. At a time when colleges are beset with daily protests and lengthy lists of demands by bellicose students, one university — and an elite one at that — has made it clear that “snowflakes” will not be coddled.

The Chicago Maroon, which bills itself as “the independent student newspaper of The University of Chicago,” notes that “incoming first-years received a letter from the College today making clear that the University of Chicago does not condone safe spaces or trigger warnings.” The letter from Dean of Students Jay Ellison appears in its entirety in this tweet:

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.

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