In the letter sent to all freshmen, University of Chicago makes it clear that it “[does] not support so called ‘trigger-warnings'” and that it will not condone “the creation of intellectual ‘safe spaces'”.
U of Chicago, which is consistently ranked as among the nation’s best universities, says that it stands firmly behind its policy of free speech, and that it will not allow censorship on campus to shield students from unpopular or controversial opinions. The letter, written by Dean of Students Dr. John Ellison, states:
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.
U of Chicago’s response differs sharply from that of many American universities, many of which have given in to students who want to prohibit discussions on campus that can trigger difficult memories.
For example, when an unknown person at Emory University scribbled “TRUMP 2016” on a sidewalk back in March, some students were livid. A group of 40 to 50 students protested in the quad, shouting: “we are in pain!” University officials later promised “immediate refinements to certain policy and procedural deficiencies.”
You can read the entire U. of Chicago letter here: