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After Dean's Letter to Class of 2020 Blasts Safe Spaces and Trigger Warnings, Faculty Members Fire Back

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"We deplore any atmosphere of harassment and threat."

A Pedestrian walks through the Main Quadrangles (Quad) on the Hyde Park Campus of the University of Chicago on November 30, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

After University of Chicago Dean of Students John Jay Ellison sent a welcome letter to the class of 2020 in August -- telling incoming freshmen to dispense with visions of safe spaces and trigger warnings and basically be prepared to grow up amid a rigorously free-thinking campus -- upperclassmen pounced on the missive, saying it was a “poor introduction to the intellectual environment.”

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