The Chronicle of Higher Education
June 16th, 2015
Despite widespread fears that trigger warnings hurt classroom
discussion and threaten academic freedom, many college instructors
appear be adopting them on their own, without prodding from
administrators or students, a new survey’s findings suggest.
The online survey, of members of the College Art Association and the
Modern Language Association, found that more than half of respondents
had at least once voluntarily provided students with such warnings,
which involve advance notice that instructional material might elicit a
troubling emotional response.
Nearly a fourth of respondents said they had voluntarily offered the
warnings "several times" or "regularly," according to survey results
presented here last week at the annual conference of the American
Association of University Professors.