The anodyne welcome letter to incoming freshmen is a college
staple, but this week the University of Chicago took a different
approach: It sent new students a blunt statement opposing some
hallmarks of campus political correctness, drawing thousands of
impassioned responses, for and against, as it caromed around
“Our commitment to academic freedom means that we do not support
so-called trigger warnings, we do not cancel invited speakers
because their topics might prove controversial, and we do not
condone the creation of intellectual ‘safe spaces’ where
individuals can retreat from ideas and perspectives at odds with
their own,” John Ellison, dean of students, wrote to members of
the class of 2020, who will arrive next month.
Good for them.