University Of Chicago Tells Freshmen: Don’t Expect Trigger Warnings, Safe Spaces

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A view overlooking the University of Chicago in November 2010. (kern.justin/Flickr)

University campuses around the country have made news in recent years with policies adding “trigger warnings” to potentially offensive, difficult or controversial teaching materials; and with the creation of safe spaces, where various types of language and behavior are not tolerated.

But the dean of students at the University of Chicago has sent all incoming freshman a letter, widely circulated on social media, telling them trigger warnings and safe spaces won’t be allowed at Chicago.

Here & Now‘s Peter O’Dowd talks with Chicago law professor Geoffrey Stone about the university’s approach to free speech.


Geoffrey Stone, professor of law at the University of Chicago Law School. The school tweets @UChicagoLaw.

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