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

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:

The crux of the letter is summed up in the third paragraph, which reads:

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.

“In May,” the article at The Maroon continues, “Student Government (SG) passed on an opportunity to reaffirm the University’s commitment to free speech when members voted to indefinitely table a resolution that would have condemned any student who ‘obstructs or disrupts’ free speech.”

Here’s hoping Chicago’s position inspires other universities to follow suit before it’s too late. It’s already too late for the University of Missouri’s, where enrollment is down a staggering 23%.

Ben Bowles

Ben Bowles

Ben Bowles is a freelance writer.


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