AGS Council Legislation 

Resolution 16-38 A Resolution to Endorse the use of Trigger Warnings

Sponsored by:  Connor Strobel, Social Sciences Representative
  on behalf of:     
 Date of Presentation: 11-1-2016

Whereas UCI and the UC System have an expressed responsibility “to ensure the University of California remains the best public university in the world.”[[1]];

Whereas it is a necessary function of each UC to foster a safe community in order to achieve said responsibility;

Whereas "Trigger Warning" refer to disclaimers issued prior to engaging in a topic which has the reasonable expectation of causing individual distress and/or psychological harm;

Whereas "Trigger Warnings" are not an expression of inflamed political correctness, as suggested by Straw Men arguments such as the recent letter to incoming students by the University of Chicago's Dean of Students. They are reasonable and responsible statements that ensure trying subjects may be discussed without harming any discussant;

Whereas "Trigger Warnings" are valuable for student learning and the wellbeing of students;

Whereas "Trigger Warnings" help to prevent individuals from suffering flashbacks and reliving trauma from horrors such as rape, genocide, eating disorders, and more;

Whereas UCOP has designated faculty, staff, and TAs are 'responsible employees', thereby responsible for both the education and wellbeing of students;

Whereas issuing a "Trigger Warning" prior to a discussion does not place an undue or excessive burden;

Let it be resolved that AGS endorses the use of "Trigger Warnings" on the UCI campus by faculty, staff, TAs, and undergraduates.



Attachment: Napolitano Op-Ed_1.docx
Attachment:Univ of Chicago Letter to Students_1.docx

Vote Required: Majority


YEA: 25 

NAY: 2  

ABS: 3