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    Trigger warnings in lecture content

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      The problem I want to Change is:

      Graphic, explicit or anxiety enducing content is often shared without warning during lectures.

       

      This is a problem for students because:

      Many students have triggers that make them feel uneasy, uncomfortable or anxious, that their lecturers are often not aware of. Sharing triggering content to students without warning can bring up unnecessary trauma or emotions.

       

      To change this, I think RUSU should:

      I want to make it mandatory for lecturers to add trigger warnings before slides and/or videos so that students are aware of the content that they are about to see.

       

      This will help students because:

      Students can choose not to look at the content that could be triggering to them.

       

      Idea submitted by Robbie Seal

    Democracy & Policy Coordinator
    2:34pm on 23 Mar 21 The following idea went to IFG: Title RUSU to lobby for the introduction of trigger warnings in lectures The problem I want to Change is: Graphic, explicit or anxiety inducing content is often shared without warning during lectures. This is a problem for students because: Many students have triggers that make them feel uneasy, uncomfortable or anxious, that their lecturers are often not aware of. Sharing triggering content to students without warning can bring up unnecessary trauma or emotions. To change this, I think RUSU should: Lobby the university to make it mandatory for lecturers to add trigger warnings before slides and/or videos so that students are aware of the content that they are about to see. This will help students because: Students can choose not to look at the content that could be triggering to them. IFG rejected the idea for the following reasons: REJECT This idea has been rejected by the Ideas Feasibility Group (IFG) on the basis that this idea has recently been implemented. An idea to introduce trigger warnings on course texts was actioned by IFG in March 2019. This was developed by the RUSU Education Officer in collaboration with CQSD. ‘Guidance for content warnings on course content (trigger warnings)’ was developed for University staff and written into the University Guide for Policy & Procedures (Section 5: Programme Design & Development). This guidance was passed at University Board for Teaching, Learning and the Student Experience (UBTLSE) on 9 June 2020. If any students find that the university is not following this policy, please raise this with directly with your Lecturer, or with your Course Rep so they can raise at Student Partnership Group Meetings (SPG) or the RUSU Education Officer. http://www.reading.ac.uk/web/files/qualitysupport/Trigger_Warnings.pdf