University of Reading lecturers told to give students 'trigger' warnings over ...

University of Reading lecturers told to give students 'trigger' warnings over ...
University of Reading lecturers told to give students 'trigger' warnings over ...
University of Reading lecturers are told to give students 'trigger' warning if classes contain 'distressing' content about classism, blood and pregnancy Staff at University of Reading told to give 'trigger' warnings over class content Tasks that trigger a warning include pregnancy, hetrosexism, classism and blood But university insists that the alerts will not lead to a censorship of such topics  It follows new guidance from the Equality and Human Rights Commision (EHRC) 

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Students at a UK university are to be given 'trigger' warnings over 'distressing' content in their classes.

Topics including pregnancy, hetrosexism and classism will spark a content warning from staff at the University of Reading.

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The alerts, which also include warnings over content containing dissection and blood, are being issued over fears that such topics might trigger 'unwelcome and distressing' memories for students who have experienced trauma.

Other topics reportedly on the warning list include sexual assault, incest, animal cruelty, mental illness, racism, sexism and misogyny, and homophobia.

University chiefs say the trigger warnings will 'remove the element of surprise' by pre-warning students about sensitive content.

However, bosses insist that the warnings are to 'engage' students and that they 'will not censor topics'.

Topics including pregnancy, hetrosexism and classism will spark a content warning from staff at the University of Reading (pictured)

Topics including pregnancy, hetrosexism and classism will spark a content warning from staff at the University of Reading (pictured)

In a letter the university warned staff: ''We are concerned students are aware of the risk that material used in their learning might trigger unwelcome and distressing memories.

'Trigger warnings are warnings provided to alert students

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