In the past, institutions of higher learning promoted the ideals of open discourse and academic freedom. The University of Chicago Dean of Students, in a letter, referenced a report that outlined the schools position.  ”It is not the proper role of the University to attempt to shield individuals from ideas and opinions they find unwelcome, disagreeable, or even deeply offensive,” the report states. “Although the University greatly values civility, and although all members of the University community share in the responsibility for maintaining a climate of mutual respect, concerns about civility and mutual respect can never be used as a justification for closing off discussion of ideas, however offensive or disagreeable those ideas may be to some members of our community.” Other faculty members echoed “The university is preparing students for the real world and would not be serving them by shielding them from unpleasantness.”

 College campus are safe spaces as long as respect is given to all. Disagreements are debated through intellect, logic, and common sense- not

violence. Peaceful protest, freedom of speech, freedom of press, should be supported at all times as a means of expression. When all else fails

agree to disagree-Make a speech-Write a book- Open a business. You can change the world.

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