University of Chicago's Free Speech Stand

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Rockefeller Chapel at the University of Chicago.

University of Chicago's Dean of Students, John Ellision, sent a letter last week to the incoming class. Among other things, he wrote that the institution does not support trigger warnings or safe spaces. The letter explained:

"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.”

Geoffrey Stone, University of Chicago law professor and noted First Amendment scholar, talks about the university's stand against the accommodation measures, and adds that it should be incumbent on the student to approach professors if they need trigger warnings.