Content Warnings in Lectures at UT

Content Warnings in Lectures at UT

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Megan Ramos started this petition to UT students and

I wish to enact a Fair Warning Policy at the Univerity of Texas at Austin, this policy would mean that students will receive a warning if lecture or required reading/ viewing content contains material or discussion of a sensitive nature. I would like to bring forward an outline of a policy that includes required warnings for content related to the discussion or portrayal of suicide, self-harm, sexual abuse or assault, and domestic abuse or assault.

Many professors already include this policy in their syllabus, and recognize the importance of acknowledging how these images or discussions could be triggering for some students. I believe that instituting this policy could help prevent any miscommunications or unfortunate surprises for students. This policy would allow for students to whom these types of content can be triggering to be prepared for this content in lectures. Without warnings, this content can be extremely jarring if not triggering to students, these types of content can disrupt anything from a student's focus in a lecture to their entire week. 

The mission statement of The University of Texas at Austin is "to achieve excellence in the interrelated areas of undergraduate education, graduate education, research, and public service." The Fair Warning Policy would help Longhorns and Faculty alike continue achieving excellence in our research and academics. UT would set a precedent for what it means to be fair and compassionate to all students, after all, what starts here, changes the world.

Consider Signing this to help better our community,

Thank You, and Hook 'Em!

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