An elite British university has banned the phrase “trigger warning” because the term may in itself be too “provocative” and trigger students.
The University of Warwick in the West Midlands region of England first officially introduced trigger warnings in classes in 2019 to prepare students for supposedly upsetting or offensive content. However, the school still received several complaints from students surrounding material within drama and literature courses.
In response, Warwick scrapped the phrase “trigger warning” for being too “provocative” in itself. A freedom of information request from the Mail on Sunday uncovered the new guidance, which has updated the warnings to be referred to as “content notes”.
“Trigger warnings are now referred to as ‘content notes’ due to the word ‘trigger’ being itself