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Poll Finds Majority of College Students Want Campus Safe Spaces Free of ‘Threatening’ Ideas

Poll Finds Majority of College Students Want Campus Safe Spaces Free of ‘Threatening’ Ideas

“a significant majority of students also support policies to restrict specific types of speech on campus”

It’s amazing that this nonsense is still being embraced as many colleges are struggling with financial disaster.

The Washington Free Beacon reports:

Poll: 78 Percent of College Students Want to Restrict ‘Threatening’ Ideas

More than three-in-four college students want “safe spaces” on their campuses that are free of “threatening actions, ideas, or conversations,” even as a majority support President Trump’s threat to withhold taxpayer dollars from universities that restrict speech, according to a new poll.

While 97 percent of college students believe that free speech is an essential pillar of American democracy, a significant majority of students also support policies to restrict specific types of speech on campus. The poll, conducted by Gallup and the Knight Foundation, found that 78 percent of students support “safe spaces” where threatening ideas and conversations would be barred. More than 80 percent favor the establishment of a “free-speech zone” where preapproved protests and the distribution of literature are permitted.

In response to growing concerns about academic freedom on campuses, the Trump administration ordered all federally funded universities to protect free speech on campus. University administrators denounced the move, with the president of Columbia University calling it a “transparent exercise in politics.” Most students support the Trump administration’s decision, however, with 58 percent of pupils supporting a ban on federal funding for colleges that do not protect free-speech rights.

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Comments

notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital | May 6, 2020 at 10:17 am

That shows they don’t want an education at all.

Hieronymous Machine | May 6, 2020 at 5:25 pm

Safe spaces from “threatening actions, ideas, or conversations”?

I have “a friend” who last semester accepted a personal saviour and can be a bit “triggered” (genuinely adrenalized) by certain summonses that emanate routinely, often loudly from other sheltering-in-place home-country campus colleagues’ mobile phones. Can this person claim a “safe space” from such “innocent” intrusions?

What about gentle remonstrations regarding nonattendance at (now renounced) religious services? How about admonition regarding home-country (and compatriot) opinion on “apostasy?” Or calling attention to the ramifications of someday having to update the “religion” field on the home-country passport renewal form.

Some *real* “safety” concerns there.

They define challenging as threatening these days.

How about “safe spaces” for Christians in Pakistan?
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/04/world/asia/pakistan-christians-sweepers.html

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