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Don’t Create New Avenues to Punish Provocative Professors

May 30, 2014

By Greg Lukianoff at U.S. News & World Report

Recently, The New York Times reported on efforts at several campuses to encourage professors to use “trigger warnings” to preface class material that might be emotionally difficult for some students. Opponents of trigger warnings argue that they are one step away from censorship, infantilize students, spoil and diminish great literaturefail vulnerable students, and undermine one of the very purposes of higher education: preparing students for the challenges of the broader world. Advocates of trigger warnings argue in reply that they are empathetic,compassionate and useful and that it’s not a big deal just to add two little words before covering emotionally challenging material...