Students Slam UChicago’s ‘No Safe Spaces’ Warning As Attacking ‘Academic Freedom’
Several liberal students and writers are criticizing the University of Chicago after it cautioned incoming students earlier this week to not expect “trigger warnings” and “safe spaces” during their time at the school.
Some of the frustration came from the university’s own Eric Holmberg, president of the executive committee of the student government at UChicago. He told DNA Info that the cautionary letter, sent by the college’s dean, was a “poor introduction to the intellectual environment.”
“Coming out against trigger warnings in the name of ‘academic freedom’ does suggest a misunderstanding of the term,” he said. “Incoming freshmen should be invited to participate in our active intellectual environment with their whole selves, but are instead being told that they must check their compassion and their experiences at the door.”
Another student, Simone Brandford-Altsher, who works with the campus sexual assault survivors network, asserted UChicago’s leadership “has a huge problem with transparency, and they have been slow to address issues related to sexual violence, disability injustice, police discrimination and many more.” – READ MORE