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University of Chicago: We Don’t Have Safe Spaces

The University of Chicago is taking a stand for free expression and exchange of ideas on its undergraduate campus, Intellectual Takeout reports:

The University of Chicago recently made it clear to its crop of incoming students that academic freedom and inquiry remain pillars at the institution, and that the university does not support “so-called” trigger warnings or offer safe spaces that allow students “to retreat from ideas and perspectives at odds with their own.

In a letter sent to all incoming students, the University said it prides itself on being a place for free expression and that while it will punish harassment and threatening behavior, it will not cancel visits by controversial speakers or discourage the sharing of any opinion. In the letter, the university is upfront about the experience it hopes its students will have:

You will find that we expect members of our community to be engaged in rigorous debate, discussion, and even disagreement. At times this may challenge you and even cause discomfort.

Universities ought to be the most dangerous spaces a young mind ever visits—where all kinds of new and strange ideas will be advocated by all kinds of outlandish people. If you’re feeling comfortable and secure at college, you’re doing it wrong.

It’s good to know that on at least one campus in America, students are still being promised the kind of experience that opens minds rather than closes them.

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