Freshmen Told No ‘Safe Spaces’ at University of Chicago

CHICAGO (KMOX) – University of Chicago’s Class of 2020 was recently informed that there are no “safe spaces” for them on campus.

The Chicago Tribune reports that a letter written by the dean of students, Dr. Jay Ellison, addressed incoming freshmen that the university does not believe in providing “safe spaces,” “trigger warnings” or similar services to students. The university administration says it takes pride in the university’s intellectual freedom and does not believe in shielding students from potentially uncomfortable, traumatic or offensive ideas.

Ellison writes “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.”

Comments on the Chicago Tribune’s Facebook post vary. Some commentators are glad that the university is against limiting free speech to coddle students, while others fear for minority students with designated campus spaces and students who suffer from various traumas.

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