Hofsta University has posted a “Trigger Warning’ sign to inform students of the risks and dangers they may face if they attend or hear the debate that will be occurring on their campus tonight.
Hofsta University is the chosen location for one of the most historical presidential debates between Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and Republican nominee Donald Trump. While this should be seen as an honor, the university has taken steps to ensure that students are aware that they will not be in a “safe space” and will be faced with information and content that may upset them.
CBS New York reporter Tony Aiello tweeted a photo earlier today showing a sign with the words ‘Trigger Warning’ inside Hofstra University’s Student Center.
“The event conducted just beyond this sign may contain triggering and/or sensitive material,” the sign read. “Sexual violence, sexual assault, and abuse are some topics mentioned within this event.”
The sign then goes on to list the contact information of different resources such as Hofsta University’s Counseling Services, the National Sexual Assault Hotline and a Crisis Counselor for students that may feel “triggered” by the event and need to seek help.
According to HeatStreet, the sign was first placed in front of an MTV sponsored event earlier today called “Elect This,” which focused on having students get together and talk constructively about different issues such as sexual assault, student debt, Islamophobia, immigration reform and racial inequality. The event was also meant to encourage students to register to vote.
Was a “Trigger Warning” sign really necessary at an educational institution where students are supposed to encounter differing ideas and learn how to constructively talk and handle real-world situations? You decide.
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