News and Perspectives
Student protest is suddenly ubiquitous. Sit-ins and rallies are cropping up around the country, college presidents are stepping down, pundits and political candidates are opining. A website set up a few weeks ago features demands from students on more than 70 campuses in more than two dozen states.
by Deane Morrison
The question seems simple: Should professors warn students that a course contains material that may trigger a traumatic reaction in some of them?
In the past year or two, the halls of academe have echoed with debates over so-called “trigger warnings.” One side—often represented by students—has advocated for them in order to protect those who have been traumatized by rape, assault, combat, or other experiences and ought not to be forced to relive them.
We can note that, subsequent to receiving the letter, Provost Hanson and Vice Provost and Dean of Students Danita Brown Young met with student leaders to discuss the issue. For more about the disciplinary process and hearings and appeals, interested individuals are encouraged to visit the Office for Student Conduct and Academic Integrity's website.
While the University is unable to comment on the specifics of any disciplinary process (either ongoing or after processes are concluded), individual students, staff, and faculty are not prohibited from sharing their thoughts and concerns on their own websites and social media outlets.
A look into the diverse experiences and perspectives of multiple Somali students that attend the University of Minnesota. Created as a part of University of Minnesota's DES 4165-5165 Design and Globalization for Fall 2015.