Should college and university professors attach “trigger warnings” to certain kinds of course material?

cbc.ca THE CURRENT WITH MARIA TREMONTI – A student Senate motion at the U of California asks professors to include warnings on course material that could trigger damaging emotional reactions in students.  Some see this awareness as positive. Other see an attempt to coddle and Censure.

But not everyone is on board with these policies and some worry that efforts to protect students will end up stifling academic freedom and free speech.

For their thoughts on where the right balance lies, we were joined by three people.

  • Ken Coates is Canada Research Chair in Regional Innovation at the University of Saskatchewan’s Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy. He’s also the author of Campus Confidential: 100 Startling Things You Don’t Know About Canadian Universities.  Ken Coates was in Saskatoon.
  • Carrie Rentschler is the Director of the McGill Institute for Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies. She was in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
  • Raechel Tiffe is a Professor of Communication Arts and Sciences at Merrimack College. She was in North Andover, Massachusetts.

Listen to full interview here.