August 7, 2017
British universities must take action to halt a growing climate of censorship on campus, Baroness Ruth Smeeth has said, warning that authorities are pandering to the demands of “ever more censorious students.”
The crossbench peer slammed lecturers and university authorities for “bowing to students’ whims’ over demands for “trigger warnings” and “safe spaces” — practices she said have “already infected” British institutions, after wreaking havoc on the international reputations of universities in the U.S.
Baroness Deech, who served as the first independent adjudicator for higher education — the highest office dealing with student complaints — before retiring in 2008, asserted that “freedom of speech within the law should be protected, especially in universities.
“Yet the university authorities are complicit in allowing the free exchange of ideas to be closed down, and students are ever more censorious,” she wrote in a letter to The Times.
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