Student government at American University demands ‘trigger warnings’ on every syllabus

by Jillian Kay Melchior |  |  published on October 6, 2016

Trigger WarningAmerican University’s student government is pushing back against a faculty resolution that embraces freedom of speech, launching a #LetUsLearn campaign that demands mandatory trigger warnings at the top of each syllabus.

“The fact of the matter is, trigger warnings are necessary in order to make our academic spaces accessible to all students, especially those who have experienced trauma,” said the student government president, Devontae Torriente, in a video. “In doing so, we uphold AU’s commitment to academic freedom and allow all students to participate in the exchange of ideas and discussion.”

The faculty resolution, which was passed in 2015, reads: “American University is committed to protecting and championing the right to freely communicate ideas—without censorship—and to study material as it is written, produced, or stated, even material that some members of our community may find disturbing or that provokes uncomfortable feelings. … As laws and individual sensitivities may seek to restrict, label, warn or exclude specific content, the academy must stand firm as a place that is open to diverse ideas and free speech.”

  • Buckeye conservative

    Trigger warnings and safe spaces do not enhance academic freedom. They merely let the snowflakes remain in their own personally constructed vision of what the world is or should be. If a kid wants an education then they should be open to other ideas and viewpoints. They need to accept that. These same snowflakes espouse Islam and invite diversity of people who admit wanting to destroy the civilization of this country.

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