Anti-Censorship Coalition Protests Trigger Warning

July 2, 2015

The National Coalition Against Censorship has written to officials of Crafton Hills College, in California, raising questions about an apparently mandatory trigger warning placed on the syllabus of a course on graphic novels. A student in the course this year, along with her parents, protested that she considered some of the novels (many of them award-winning and taught as literature on many campuses) were obscene. The college declined the student's request to stop teaching the books, but said it would add a warning to the syllabus. The coalition's letter says: "We strongly urge the college not to set a dangerous precedent by adopting a general warning or disclaimer for this or any other course, but to leave the question of students’ sensitivities and preferences to be addressed on a case by case basis in discussions between individual students and faculty."

The college did not respond to requests for comment, but previously issued a statement defending its approach to the controversy.



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