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Review of media content, Ethics course: Trigger warnings (optional, 10pts)

 Review of media content, Ethics course: Trigger warnings (optional, 10pts)

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(Members of the class may post the results of their assignment here, in the comments box, for ten points.  Pls use your pseudonym as shown in your gravatar, or your nickname, or your student number. As stated in the instructions: Pls give examples of the trigger warnings, not generic descriptions; put them in quotes. Tnx.)

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19 thoughts on “Review of media content, Ethics course: Trigger warnings (optional, 10pts)

  1. 2014-21849
    COMM 110

    “Content Notice: This semester our objects of study deal with issues like race, class, gender, sexuality, bigotry, and violence. As a result, this class will be a space to think deeply about explicit and, in some cases, disturbing texts.”
    (University of California, Berkley graduate teaching assistant Ismail Muhammad)
    “This course is about sexual violence. We will be discussing rape and other forms of sexual abuse in class and you are expected to complete assignments concering these topics. Some of the readings and films for this course are graphic and include narrative, testimony, and descriptions of sexual violence…”
    (University of Washington graduate teaching assistant Meredith Loken)
    “I will assign and ask that we discuss works that address and/or contain strong language, violence, sexual content, racial and gender inequity, and otherr representations that may callenge or trigger you.”
    (Saint Joseph’s University communication studies professor Steven Hammer)
    “This is hard history. It’s hard to talk about, hard to absorb. It’s filled with trauma, sexual violence, racial violence, visual images of murder and chaos. You may walk into my classroom and see an image of a lynching that was put on a postcard. This is America.”
    (Hasan Jeffries, associate professor of history at Ohio State University)
    “Okay, we want to read you a statement just made by the President of the United States and we want to warn you of its context and content because it’s cruel and very unusual words from a a President of the United States. He’s commenting on media figures here… I’m just going to read it for you”
    (CNN host John Berman on reading President Trump’s tweets attacking MSNBC’s Morning Joe)
    “At times this semester we will be discussing historical events that may be disturbing, even traumatizing, to some students. If you ever feel the need to step outside during one of these discussions, either for a short time or for the rest of the class session, you may always do so without academic penality. (You will, however, be responsible for any material lyou miss. If you do leave the room for a significant tiime, please make arrangements to get notes from another student or see me individually. If you ever wish to discuss your personal reactions to this material, either with the class or with me afterwards, I welcome such discussion as an appropriate part of our coursework.”
    (trigger warning draft of Hostos Community College history teacher Angus Johnston)
    “Our co-sponsorship of this event is in no way an endorsement of Ms. Nomani’s opinions. We underrstand Ms. Nomani’s opinions do not reflect the views of many students on campus. We are sensivite to any student who is offended by Ms. Nomani’s views, and we encourage everyont to attend and freely express their opinions, whether they agree or not.”
    (Georgetown Bipartisan Coalition of the Georgetown University on the talk of Muslim Trump voter Asra Nomani)
    “Trigger warning: The event conducted just beyond this sign may contain triggering and/or sensitive material. Sexual violence, sexual assault, and aabuse are some topics mentioned within this event. If you feel triggered, please know there are resources to help you.”
    (Hofstra University in New York on a virtual reality event held by MTV that touched on gun violence, sexual harassment, and racial injustice during the first US presidential debate)
    “Viewer discretion advised. Video contains profanity, violent behavior”
    (ABS-CBN News on a hostage-taking prank which was actually a wedding proposal)
    “TRIGGER WARNING: This content deals with an account of attempted suicide and may trigger some people.”
    (Rappler on their #AskMargie: Suicide YouTube video)

    SOURCES:

    1-3. Smith, I. (2016, September 21). Content Notice: Here Are A Few Ways Professors Use Trigger Warnings. Retrieved from NPR: http://www.npr.org/sections/codeswitch/2016/09/21/493913099/content-notice-here-are-a-few-ways-professors-use-trigger-warnings_)

    Kamenetz, A. (2016, September 7). half of Professors In NPR Ed Survey Have Used ‘Trigger Warnings’. Retrieved from NPR: http://www.npr.org/sections/ed/2016/09/07/492979242/half-of-professors-in-npr-ed-survey-have-used-trigger-warnings
    Athey, A. (2017, June 29). CNN Gives Trigger Warning Before Trump Tweet. Retrieved from The Daily Caller: http://dailycaller.com/2017/06/29/cnn-gives-trigger-warning-before-trump-tweet-video/
    Johnston, A. (2014, May 29). Why I’ll Add a Trigger Warning. Retrieved from Insider Higher Ed: https://www.insidehighered.com/views/2014/05/29/essay-why-professor-adding-trigger-warning-his-syllabus
    Shimshock, R. (2017, March 1). Georgetown Issues Trigger Warning Before Depabe With Muslim Trump Voter. Retrieved from The Daily Caller: http://dailycaller.com/2017/03/01/georgetown-issues-trigger-warning-before-debate-with-muslim-trump-voter/
    Starnes, T. (2016, September 27). Hofstra issues “Trigger Warning” ahead of debate. Retrieved from Fox News: http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2016/09/27/hofstra-issues-trigger-warning-ahead-debate.html
    ABS-CBN News. (2013, Novermber 27). Chilling ‘hostage drama’ in QC ends as wedding proposal. Retrieved from ABS-CBN News: http://news.abs-cbn.com/lifestyle/11/27/13/chilling-hostage-drama-qc-ends-wedding-proposal
    [Rappler]. (2013, March 30). #AskMargie: Suicide [Video File]. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cl6TPsatyCw

  2. COMM 110
    2015-00796 / Hazel

    A trigger warning on the purchase page of the video game ‘The Park’.
    “This experience deals with subject matter that might prove emotionally distressing to some. Player discretion is advised.”
    Source: https://geekdad.com/2015/10/the-park/
    A trigger warning for moviegoers about to watch ‘The Conjuring’. This was actually posted outside movie theaters and photos of this poster have been running online when the film was being shown.

    “The film you are about to see is psychologically and emotionally disturbing. People who have attended early screenings of the film have complained about many unusual circumstances that they have experienced after seeing the film…”

    Source: https://9gag.com/gag/aYLpEx0/conjuring-2-warning-before-entering-the-theatre

    A trigger warning before an article about the Netflix series ’13 Reasons Why’

    “Trigger warnings for this article: rape, suicide, abuse. This article also contains spoilers for the series.”

    Source: http://affinitymagazine.us/2017/04/02/psa-13-reasons-why-comes-with-major-triggers/

    “Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that the following program may contain images and voices of deceased persons”.
    Source: http://geekfeminism.wikia.com/wiki/Trigger_warning
    MTRCB’s Rated SPG warning before shows

    “This program is rated SPG. It contains scenes with themes, language, violence, sex, horror, or drugs which may not be suitable for children. Strong parental guidance is advised.”

    Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QXorMvNtKpI

    “The purpose of this course is to acquaint students with the causes, major events, and consequences of the Cold War, so that students may better understand current policies, global conflict, and political perspectives. This course will prepare students for advanced studies and careers related to teaching, political science, and service in government agencies.
    This course will explore ideas and events that may be shocking, distressing, or offensive to some students. Images and accounts of war atrocities, weapons testing, and violations of human rights are part of this curriculum. In exploring these matters, the instructor aims to foster students’ ability to analyze, critique, and synthesize information in thorough and objective ways as do professional historians.”
    Source: https://ctfd.sfsu.edu/content/trigger-warnings-college-classroom
    A warning on a BBC news article entitled: ‘ Painting thought to be Caravaggio masterpiece found in French loft’.

    “Warning: The paintings featured below depict a graphic image.”

    Source: http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-36024865

    A warning before a gallery of photos depicting the war on drugs in the Philippines.

    “Warning: Distressing Content. The following photographs include graphic imagery.”

    Source: https://www.hrw.org/report/2017/03/02/license-kill/philippine-police-killings-dutertes-war-drugs

    “We are discussing sexual assault tomorrow; this is especially difficult material, and, statistically speaking, there are some few sexual assault survivors in this class. I want to remind you that mental health services are available, and that you can come to office hours if you have thoughts about the material that you were not comfortable sharing in class.”

    Source: https://orgs.law.harvard.edu/halt/trauma-recognition-in-law-schools/why-professors-should-warn-about-course-content/

    Angus Johnston, a historian and advocate of American student organizing added this to his syllabus for a class, but did not want to label it as a trigger warning. Instead, he described it as a “course content note”.

    “Course Content Note
    At times this semester we will be discussing historical events that may be disturbing, even traumatizing, to some students. If you suspect that specific material is likely to be emotionally challenging for you, I’d be happy to discuss any concerns you may have before the subject comes up in class. Likewise, if you ever wish to discuss your personal reactions to course material with the class or with me individually afterwards, I welcome such discussions as an appropriate part of our classwork.
    If you ever feel the need to step outside during a class discussion you may always do so without academic penalty. You will, however, be responsible for any material you miss. If you do leave the room for a significant time, please make arrangements to get notes from another student or see me individually to discuss the situation.”
    Source: https://studentactivism.net/2015/08/25/trigger-warnings-for-syllabi-a-how-to-one-year-along/

  3. COMM 110
    2015-10863 | Dave

    Warning: This video may show graphic violence or gore.
    (Trigger Warning on AJ+ video on August 18, 2017 — Barcelona Van Attack Kills Over a Dozen People)
    Warning: THE FOLLOWING VIDEO MAY CONTAIN GRAPHIC CONTENT THAT MAY BE DISTURBING TO SOME VIEWERS.
    (Trigger Warning on Manila Bulletin video on October 19, 2016 — Graphic Video Shows Cop Van Ramming Protest)
    Warning: This video contains strong language and rude hand gestures.
    (Trigger Warning on BBC News video on August 17, 2017 — US woman confronts neighbour over Nazi flag)
    The following video contains content that some followers may find upsetting and is for a mature audience.
    (Trigger Warning on TV3 Ireland’s video on July21, 2017 — Vincent Browne’s interview with Dominique Meehan, a woman who two years ago was tied up and raped in a hotel meeting room)
    This video contains extremely graphic footage of the man’s wounds, including blood and protruding bone. There are also several instances of profanity. Viewer discretion is advised.
    (Trigger Warning on WTVR CBS 6 News article on October 3, 2016–Montana man posts graphic video after grizzly bear attack)
    This report contains some disturbing images.
    (Trigger Warning on BBC News report on September 04, 2016– Starving Yemen)
    This video contains conversations about depression and suicide attempts.
    (Trigger Warning on Buzzfeed video on November 02, 2015— “I Survived A Suicide Attempt”)
    WARNING: The beginning of this video contains footage that many may find disturbing.
    (Trigger Warning on Western Journalism article on June 19, 2015– Caught On Camera. Service Dog Saves Special Needs Owner From Severe Self-Harm)
    WARNING: This video contains images which may not be suitable for all viewers. Discretion is advised.
    (Trigger Warning on Global News article on May 19, 2016– Video surfaces of Texas students skipping rope with cat’s intestines during class)
    PSYCHOLOGY WARNING: This video game psychologically profiles you as you play. It gets to know who you really are then uses this information to change itself. It uses its knowledge against you, creating your own personal nightmare. The game plays you as much as you play it.
    (Trigger Warning upon playing the video game “Silent Hill”)

    SOURCES
    [AJ+]. (2017, August 18). Barcelona Van Attack Kills Over a Dozen People [Video file]. Retrieved August 21, 2017, from https://www.facebook.com/ajplusenglish/videos/1026161337525373/
    [BBC News]. (2017, August 17). US woman confronts neighbour over Nazi flag[Video file]. Retrieved August 21, 2017, from https://www.facebook.com/bbcnews/videos/10155015038562217/
    [BBC News]. (2016, September 24). Starving Yemen[Video file]. Retrieved August 21, 2017, from https://www.facebook.com/bbcnews/videos/10153944746717217/
    [Buzzfeed Video]. (2015, November 02). “I Survived A Suicide Attempt”[Video file]. Retrieved August 21, 2017, from https://www.facebook.com/BuzzFeedVideo/videos/1864548907019316/
    Dinicola, N. (2010, February 26). The Brilliant Horror of Silent Hill: Shattered Memories. Retrieved August 21, 2017, from http://www.popmatters.com/post/121476-the-brilliant-horror-of-silent-hill-shattered-memories/
    [Manila Bulletin]. (2016, October 19). Graphic Video Shows Cop Van Ramming Protest [Video file]. Retrieved August 21, 2017, from https://www.facebook.com/manilabulletin/videos/10154856938602985/.
    [TV3 IRELAND]. (2017, July 17). The following video contains content that some followers may find upsetting and is for a mature audience.[Video file]. Retrieved August 21, 2017, from https://www.facebook.com/TVThreeIreland/videos/vb.100183534537/10154952482579538/?type=2&theater
    Hobson, E. (2016, May 18). Video surfaces of Texas students skipping rope with cat’s intestines during class. Retrieved August 21, 2017, from http://globalnews.ca/news/2708674/video-surfaces-of-texas-students-skipping-rope-with-cats-intestines-during-class/?sf26521924=1
    Montana man posts graphic video after grizzly bear attack. (2016, October 03). Retrieved August 21, 2017, from http://wtvr.com/2016/10/03/montana-man-posts-graphic-video-showing-aftermath-of-grizzly-bear-attack/
    Sexton, A. (2016, September 26). Caught On Camera. Service Dog Saves Special Needs Owner From Severe Self-Harm. Retrieved August 21, 2017, from http://www.liftable.com/ashleysexton/caught-on-camera-service-dog-saves-special-needs-owner-from-severe-self-harm/?utm_source=Facebook&utm_medium=WesternJournalism&utm_content=2015-06-19

  4. Comm 110

    Trigger Warning: this piece discusses trigger warnings. It may also look askance at college students who are now asking that trigger warnings be applied to their course materials. (Source: The Guardian, 5 March 2014. https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/mar/05/trigger-warnings-can-be-counterproductive)
    Warning: Some of the following images are graphic in nature and might be disturbing to some viewers (Source: TIME Magazine, 23 February 2017. http://time.com/philippines-rodrigo-duterte-drug-war-local-photographers/)
    We’ll embed the video here, with the warning that it contains images and language that viewers might find disturbing. (Source: NPR, 7 July 2016. http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/07/07/485066807/police-stop-ends-in-black-mans-death-aftermath-is-livestreamed-online-video)
    [QUOTE] One law student explained: ‘Before the lectures on sexual offences – which included issues such as rape and sexual assault – we were warned that the content could be distressing, and were then given the opportunity to leave if we needed to.’ (Source: MailOnline, 8 May 2016. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3579086/Oxford-law-students-fragile-hear-violent-crime-Undergraduates-given-trigger-warnings-traumatic-material.html#ixzz4qO5bc3go)
    [QUOTE] Lauren Griffith, a professor of ethnology at Texas Tech University, said that she gave warnings when teaching Native American students whose religious beliefs required that they undergo a form of ritual purification upon viewing images of death. (Source: NPR, 7 September 2016. http://www.npr.org/sections/ed/2016/09/07/492979242/half-of-professors-in-npr-ed-survey-have-used-trigger-warnings#)
    Trigger warning: this article or section, or pages it links to, contains information about sexual assault and/or violence which may be triggering to survivors. (Source: Financial Times, 31 March 2017. https://www.ft.com/content/8f0f4c5e-13ab-11e7-80f4-13e067d5072c)
    Warning: Video contains graphic mobile phone footage of charred bodies (Source: The Independent, 6 December 2016. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/rohingya-muslims-burma-video-shows-alleged-site-of-mass-murder-soldiers-a7458326.html)
    The video shows a child walking across the an abandoned ball pit in Syria; He then stands in front of a prisoner who is tied to a fence and is handed a gun; The toddler then aims the gun at the prisoner’s head and seems to pull trigger; WARNING: UPSETTING CONTENT (Source: MailOnline, 8 January 2017. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4099842/Sickening-new-ISIS-video-shows-toddler-shooting-prisoner-dead-ball-pool-abandoned-children-s-PLAYGROUND.html)
    This video includes graphic scenes of violence. (Source: New York Times, 19 December 2016. https://www.nytimes.com/video/world/middleeast/100000004830578/gunman-kills-russias-ambassador-to-turkey.html?mcubz=1&mcubz=1)
    Warning, graphic content: Dashboard and body camera video of the shooting of Keith Lamont Scott. (Source: Chicago Tribune, 24 September 2016. http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/91581086-132.html)

  5. “TRIGGER WARNING: physics, trigonometry, sine, cosine, tangent, vector, force, work, energy, stress, quiz, grade” (Auburn University, Prof. Peter Schwartz)
    Source: https://www.thecollegefix.com/post/28881/

    This “may trigger readers who have experienced racism, colonialism, and religious persecution, violence, suicide, and more” (Material Used by Oberlin College, Thing Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe)
    Source: https://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/education/trigger-warnings-the-latest-threat-to-academic-freedom/article17835103/

    “This institution will be based on the illimitable freedom of the human mind. For here we are not afraid to follow truth wherever it may lead, nor to tolerate any error so long as reason is left free to combat it” (University of Virginia, Thomas Jefferson).
    Source: https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2015/09/the-coddling-of-the-american-mind/399356/

    “The preceding program contained scenes of extreme violence and should not have been viewed by young children” (The Simpsons)
    Source: http://allthetropes.wikia.com/wiki/Content_Warnings

    “TRIGGER WARNING: This content deals with an account of sexual assault and may be triggering to some people” (Article on Amherst College, Angie Epifano)
    Source: http://amherststudent.amherst.edu/?q=article/2012/10/17/account-sexual-assault-amherst-college

    “Trigger Warning: The event conducted just beyond this sign may contain triggering and/or sensitive material. Sexual violence, sexual assualt, and abuse are some topic mentioned within this event” (Hofstra University)
    Source: http://americanlookout.com/good-god-trigger-warning-sign-posted-outside-debate-event-at-hofstra-university/

    Warning: “’Fifty Shades Darker’ contains ‘prolonged and realistic depiction of sexual activity and aberrational sexual behavior, scenes involving bondage and dominance, sadism and masochism, nudity (breast, butt and public hair exposures) and, strong and/or sexual language’”(MTRCB on Fifty Shares Darker).
    Source: http://news.abs-cbn.com/entertainment/02/01/17/fifty-shades-darker-to-hit-ph-cinemas-without-cuts

    “In one lecture about Jesus, it warned students it ‘contains graphic scenes of the crucifixion’ adding that it would be flagged up to students beforehand,” reports The Telegraph. (“Students in Bible class get trigger warning before studying crucifixion of Jesus Christ”)
    Source: https://www.thecollegefix.com/post/30618/

    “Trigger warning, Trump fans: This column calls racists ‘racists’” (Column in The Globe and Mail)
    Source: https://www.theglobeandmail.com/opinion/trigger-warning-trump-fans-this-column-calls-racists-racists/article32816606/

    “The Great Gatsby say, ‘TW: suicide, domestic abuse and graphic violence’”(Material Used by Rutgers University, The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald)
    Source: https://newrepublic.com/article/116842/trigger-warnings-have-spread-blogs-college-classes-thats-bad

  6. aaayelestranero
    2014-68958
    Comm110

    “Okay, we want to read you a statement just made by the President of the United States and we want to warn you of its context and content because it’s cruel and very unusual words from a President of the United States,”
    (http://dailycaller.com/2017/06/29/cnn-gives-trigger-warning-before-trump-tweet-video/)
    “I will assign and ask that we discuss works that address and/or contain strong language, violence, sexual content, racial and gender inequity, and other representations that may challenge or trigger you.” – Steven Hammer, assistant professor of communication and digital media, Saint Joseph’s University
    (http://www.npr.org/sections/codeswitch/2016/09/21/493913099/content-notice-here-are-a-few-ways-professors-use-trigger-warnings)
    “This course will explore ideas and events that may be shocking, distressing, or offensive to some students. Images and accounts of war atrocities, weapons testing, and violations of human rights are part of this curriculum. In exploring these matters, the instructor aims to foster students’ ability to analyze, critique, and synthesize information in thorough and objective ways as do professional historians.”
    (https://ctfd.sfsu.edu/content/trigger-warnings-college-classroom)
    “This course is about sexual violence. We will be discussing rape and other forms of sexual abuse in class and you are expected to complete assignments concerning these topics. Some of the readings and films for this course are graphic and include narrative, testimony, and descriptions of sexual violence … “ – Meredith Loken, doctoral student at the University of Washington
    (http://www.npr.org/sections/codeswitch/2016/09/21/493913099/content-notice-here-are-a-few-ways-professors-use-trigger-warnings)
    “Content Notice: This semester our objects of study deal with issues like race, class, gender, sexuality, bigotry, and violence. As a result, this class will be a space to think deeply about explicit and, in some cases, disturbing texts … “ – Ismail Muhammad, graduate student instructor at University of California, Berkeley
    (https://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/09/22/npr-content-notice-here-are-a-few-ways-professors-use-trigger-warnings)
    “Works of Lee and Tarantino contain extreme profanity, nudity, depictions of sex, and hate-speech (i.e., language that may be interpreted as racist, homophobic, misogynistic, or sexist). Their works also include representations, sometimes graphic, of the following: drug use and needles, overdoses, car accidents, insects, vomit, blood, medical procedures, corpses, trauma to a pregnant character, forced captivity, premature burial, torture, gun violence, bullet wounds, physical combat, murder, sexual assault, and rape. Since virtually every work of Lee and Tarantino includes at least 5 of these, I will not disclose specific triggers before every screening. Rather, this section of the syllabus will function as a trigger warning for the entire term. “
    (https://chroniclevitae.com/news/372-trigger-warnings-quentin-tarantino-and-the-college-classroom)
    “At times this semester we will be discussing historical events that may be disturbing, even traumatizing, to some students. If you ever feel the need to step outside during one of these discussions, either for a short time or for the rest of the class session, you may always do so without academic penalty. (You will, however, be responsible for any material you miss. If you do leave the room for a significant time, please make arrangements to get notes from another student or see me individually.) If you ever wish to discuss your personal reactions to this material, either with the class or with me afterwards, I welcome such discussion as an appropriate part of our coursework.
    This course is about sexual violence. We will be discussing rape and other forms of sexual abuse in class and you are expected to complete assignments concerning these topics. Some of the readings and films for this course are graphic and include narrative, testimony and descriptions of sexual violence.”
    (http://dailycaller.com/2016/09/27/trigger-warnings-in-actual-college-courses-are-as-dumb-as-you-imagine-only-more-so/)
    “The cartoons you are about to see are products of their time. They may depict some of the ethnic and racial prejudices that were commonplace in the U.S society. These depictions were wrong then and they are wrong today. While the following does not represent the Warner Bros. view of today’s society, these cartoons are being presented as they were originally created, because to do otherwise would be the same as claiming that these prejudices never existed.”
    (http://obsidianwings.blogs.com/obsidian_wings/2014/05/trigger-warnings-are-the-opposite-of-censorship.html)
    “TRIGGER WARNING This article or section, or pages it links to, contains information about sexual assault and/or violence which may be triggering to survivors.” (http://shortversion.com/newsfeed/2015/9/15/trigger-warnings)

  7. 2014-54587
    Comm 110

    Trigger warning shown before an episode of the Thirteen Reasons Why series

    “The following episode contains scenes that some viewers may find disturbing and/or may not be suitable for younger audiences, including graphic depictions of rape and sexual assault. Viewer discretion is advised.”

    Source: Yorkey, B. (Writer) & Araki, G., Alvarez, K.P., Franklin, C., McCarthy, T., Shaver, H., Yu, J. (Directors). (2017). Thirteen Reasons Why [Television series]. In Son, D. et al (Producers). California, US: Netflix.

    Trigger warning at the start of an online article on the online outlet of Ms. Magazine

    “Trigger warning: Discusses trauma, suicide, sexual assault, child abuse”

    Source: Abadi, P. (2014, May 29). Trigger-warning debate ignores survivors’ voices. Ms. Magazine: Blog. Retrieved from http://msmagazine.com/blog/2014/05/29/the-trigger-warning-debate-ignores-survivors-voices/

    Trigger warning included in a syllabus by an associate professor for psychology (Christine Ferri)

    “Some of the material we will cover in this class is quite graphic in its portrayal of suicide, suicidal thoughts, hopelessness, sexual behavior and the harmful behaviors associated with depression, schizophrenia and substance abuse. Please consider whether detailed descriptions and in-depth discussion of any of these topics will be difficult for you because you, a friend or a family member suffers from these disorders. For most people with psychological disorders, reading these books functions as an affirmation that helps you feel understood. However, for others, it may trigger problem behaviors. I just ask that you give this some thought. If you expect that this will be particularly difficult for you, I will give you priority registration for the class in a future semester. If the material has a psychological impact on you that you did not expect, you are always invited to talk to me or someone at the College Counseling Center (Location, XXX/XXX-XXXX.)”

    Source: Jacobson, K.J.. (2015, Jan 23). Trigger-happy pedagogy? Retrieved from https://blogs.stockton.edu/genderbasedviolence/tag/trigger-warning/

    Trigger warning included as a “nota bene” in course description of professor Kristin J. Jacobson

    “NOTA BENE: Readings covered in this course may be considered challenging due to topics that some may find offensive and/or traumatizing. Our classroom provides an open space for the critical and civil exchange of ideas. The instructor always tries to forewarn students about potentially disturbing subjects and requests all students aim to create an atmosphere of mutual respect and sensitivity.”

    Source: Jacobson, K.J.. (2015, Jan 23). Trigger-happy pedagogy? Retrieved from https://blogs.stockton.edu/genderbasedviolence/tag/trigger-warning/

    Trigger warning included in syllabus of professor Kathleen Connelly

    “Finally, due to the nature and content of this course you may experience instances of discomfort as well as curiosity. If you encounter personal issues you would like to explore in further depth, I would recommend you consider speaking with a counselor at the UF Counseling & Wellness Center (http://www.counsel.ufl.edu, 352-392-1575) or at the Alachua County Crisis Center (352-264-6789).”

    Source: Connelly, K., M.S. (n.d.). Course syllabus for CP 1344: Abnormal psychology. Retrieved from http://www.psych.ufl.edu/syllabi/wp-content/uploads/sites/5/2016/06/CLP314-4443.pdf

    Trigger warning in an article on an independent student-run university newspaper

    “Trigger warning: This content deals with accounts of misogyny, harassment and sexual violence and may be triggering to some readers.”

    Source: Ruoff, M. (2016, Sept 27). Misogyny through the years: From puberty to adulthood. The Amherst Student, 146(4). Retrieved from http://amherststudent.amherst.edu/?q=article/2016/09/27/misogyny-through-years-puberty-adulthood

    Trigger warning on online news article

    “Trigger warnings for this article include: discussion of sexual violence, severe examples of PTSD episodes, descriptions of intimate partner violence”

    Source: International Socialist Organization (2016, Jan 28). Trigger warnings and ableism. SocialistWorker.org. Retrieved from https://socialistworker.org/2016/01/28/trigger-warnings-and-ableism

    Trigger warning on an online news article from a broadcast corp. about shock ads

    “WARNING: This article contains confronting content”

    Source: Sutton, M. (2016, Oct 18). Shock adverts need trauma trigger warnings for real-life victims, support group says. ABC. Retrieved from http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-10-18/shock-adverts-need-trauma-trigger-warning-for-real-victims/7942128

    Trigger warning as title for news video with short description on alternative media site

    “Trigger Warning: Disturbing Video of DAPL Confrontation”

    Source: Indian Country Media Network staff. (2016, Oct 28). Trigger warning: Disturbing video of DAPL confrontation. Indian Country Today. Retrieved from https://indiancountrymedianetwork.com/news/native-news/trigger-warning-disturbing-video-of-dapl-confrontation/

    Trigger warning on Facebook posting of an interview clip promoting a movie, which was shared by a childrens’ NGO

    “TRIGGER WARNING: Scenes from the film are included in this clip, which may distress some viewers.”

    Source: https://www.facebook.com/BraveheartsProtectKids/posts/1350560454980566

  8. Comm 110
    2013-29983

    [1] “The following episode contains scenes that some viewers may find disturbing and/or may not be suitable for younger audiences, including graphic depictions of rape and sexual assault. Viewer discretion is advised.”

    Source: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2017/05/02/netflixs-13-reasons-why-gets-more-trigger-warnings-critics-say-it-glamorizes-teen-suicide/

    [2] Works of Lee and Tarantino contain extreme profanity, nudity, depictions of sex, and hate-speech (i.e., language that may be interpreted as racist, homophobic, misogynistic, or sexist). Their works also include representations, sometimes graphic, of the following: drug use and needles, overdoses, car accidents, insects, vomit, blood, medical procedures, corpses, trauma to a pregnant character, forced captivity, premature burial, torture, gun violence, bullet wounds, physical combat, murder, sexual assault, and rape. Since virtually every work of Lee and Tarantino includes at least 5 of these, I will not disclose specific triggers before every screening. Rather, this section of the syllabus will function as a trigger warning for the entire term. Students who anticipate discomfort while screening these films should research the plot and potential triggers before class, and then sit near an exit so that, when necessary, they may step out of the room for a few minutes. Removing yourself for a moment or two is perfectly fine.”

    Source: https://chroniclevitae.com/news/372-trigger-warnings-quentin-tarantino-and-the-college-classroom

    [3] “Trigger warning for discussions of rape, domestic abuse, and psychological/emotional abuse. Mild spoilers for Jessica Jones.”

    Source: https://www.themarysue.com/watching-jessica-jones-as-a-trauma-survivor/

    [4] “Content Notice: This semester our objects of study deal with issues like race, class, gender, sexuality, bigotry, and violence. As a result, this class will be a space to think deeply about explicit and, in some cases, disturbing texts … ”
    — Ismail Muhammad, graduate student instructor at University of California, Berkeley

    Source: http://www.npr.org/sections/codeswitch/2016/09/21/493913099/content-notice-here-are-a-few-ways-professors-use-trigger-warnings

    [5] “This course is about sexual violence. We will be discussing rape and other forms of sexual abuse in class and you are expected to complete assignments concerning these topics. Some of the readings and films for this course are graphic and include narrative, testimony, and descriptions of sexual violence … ”
    — Meredith Loken, doctoral student at the University of Washington

    Source: http://www.npr.org/sections/codeswitch/2016/09/21/493913099/content-notice-here-are-a-few-ways-professors-use-trigger-warnings

    [6] “I will assign and ask that we discuss works that address and/or contain strong language, violence, sexual content, racial and gender inequity, and other representations that may challenge or trigger you.”
    — Steven Hammer, assistant professor of communication and digital media, Saint Joseph’s University

    Source: http://www.npr.org/sections/codeswitch/2016/09/21/493913099/content-notice-here-are-a-few-ways-professors-use-trigger-warnings

    [7] “Trigger warnings for this article: rape, suicide, abuse. This article also contains spoilers for the series.”

    Source: http://affinitymagazine.us/2017/04/02/psa-13-reasons-why-comes-with-major-triggers/

    [8] “We are discussing sexual assault tomorrow; this is especially difficult material, and, statistically speaking, there are some few sexual assault survivors in this class. I want to remind you that mental health services are available, and that you can come to office hours if you have thoughts about the material that you were not comfortable sharing in class.”

    Source: https://orgs.law.harvard.edu/halt/trauma-recognition-in-law-schools/why-professors-should-warn-about-course-content/

    [9] “I can’t predict what material may trigger someone suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder or what will upset people for other reasons. If you are concerned or uncertain about this course, please closely review the course materials and decide whether you want to continue taking it.”

    Source: https://www.insidehighered.com/views/2015/10/09/middle-ground-trigger-warnings-essay

    [10] “Course Content Note

    At times this semester we will be discussing historical events that may be disturbing, even traumatizing, to some students. If you ever feel the need to step outside during one of these discussions, either for a short time or for the rest of the class session, you may always do so without academic penalty. (You will, however, be responsible for any material you miss. If you do leave the room for a significant time, please make arrangements to get notes from another student or see me individually.)

    If you ever wish to discuss your personal reactions to this material, either with the class or with me afterwards, I welcome such discussion as an appropriate part of our coursework.”

    Source: https://www.insidehighered.com/views/2014/05/29/essay-why-professor-adding-trigger-warning-his-syllabus

  9. COMM 110

    EXAMPLES OF TRIGGER WARNINGS

    1.) “At times this semester we will be discussing historical events that may be disturbing, even traumatizing, to some students. If you ever feel the need to step outside during one of these discussions, either for a short time or for the rest of the class session, you may always do so without academic penalty. (You will, however, be responsible for any material you miss. If you do leave the room for a significant time, please make arrangements to get notes from another student or see me individually.)

    If you ever wish to discuss your personal reactions to this material, either with the class or with me afterwards, I welcome such discussion as an appropriate part of our coursework.”

    Retrieved from: https://www.insidehighered.com/views/2014/05/29/essay-why-professor-adding-trigger-warning-his-syllabus

    2.) “This is a class that deals with representations of women in popular culture. Some of the texts we will look at in this class contain explicit images of sexuality and/or violence against women. You need to be aware of that going into the class. I presume that you are all adults in both the legal sense as well as in terms of how you comport yourself in class discussions. However, if anyone in the class is under 18 years old, please see me to make arrangements for some possible assignments. In addition, if anyone is likely to have unpleasant emotional reactions to potentially graphic or violent depictions of anything, please come see me privately, and I will be happy to give you a warning about which texts in particular might be problematic. I will also gladly arrange for an alternative assignment if necessary.”

    Retrieved from: http://web.csulb.edu/~eguzik/365/content.html

    3.) “Next class our discussion will probably touch on the sexual assault that is depicted in the second last chapter of The White Hotel. This content is disturbing, so I encourage you to prepare yourself emotionally beforehand. If you believe that you will find the discussion to be traumatizing, you may choose to not participate in the discussion or to leave the classroom. You will still, however, be responsible for material that you miss, so if you leave the room for a significant time, please arrange to get notes from another student or see me individually.”

    Retrieved from: https://uwaterloo.ca/centre-for-teaching-excellence/trigger

    4.) “Content notice: this semester our objects with issues like race, class, gender, sexuality, bigotry and violence. As a result, this class will be a space to think explicitly and in some cases disturbing texts..”

    Retrieved from: http://dailycaller.com/2016/09/27/trigger-warnings-in-actual-college-courses-are-as-dumb-as-you-imagine-only-more-so/

    5.) “The following materials provide information regarding the University’s response to and adjudication of sexual misconduct cases. Some of the information provided uses explicit language and references situations about sexual situations, sexual assault, and sexual violence. These materials may be upsetting.”

    Retrieved from: http://www.brandeis.edu/provost/pdf/final_title_IX_resources-_april_22-2015.pdf

    6.) “If at any point you must leave the class, please do so quietly. Several of the readings could be triggers, and I want you to feel safe in the class at all times.”

    Retrieved from: https://www.tolerance.org/magazine/why-i-support-trigger-warnings

    7.) “In this course, assigned readings will often contain content that some readers may find to be upsetting or triggering, including but not limited to discussions of violence, sexual violence, racism, ableism, discrimination, illness, self-harm, and medical trauma. Work by your classmates may also contain sensitive material. This content warning is intended to allow students to engage with the material in whichever way is most productive and healthy for them. Any student should feel free to contact me to discuss this further, or to request more specific content / trigger warnings for readings.”

    Retrieved from: https://twitter.com/CadeyLadey/status/776574975679598596

    8.) “The option was given to not attend the lectures, or subsidiary film screenings and seminars, due to distressing content regarding rape and sexual assault.”

    Retrieved from: http://thecourieronline.co.uk/2016/12/05/trigger-warnings-issued-over-sensitive-lecture-content/

    9.) “Goldsmiths university advises undergraduates studying youth cultures that they can “take time out” in classes that examine the sensitive subject matter, warning the course examines issues that “might be sensitive for some” including underage sex, self-harm, drug use, homelessness, Aids, “queer lifestyles” and religion.”

    Retrieved from: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/trigger-warnings-universities-students-us-uk-a7353061.html

    10.) “This course is about sexual violence. We will be discussing rape and other forms of sexual abuse and your are expected to complete assignments regarding these topics. Some of the readings and films for this course are graphic and include narrative, testimony and description of sexual violence..”

    Retrieved from: http://dailycaller.com/2016/09/27/trigger-warnings-in-actual-college-courses-are-as-dumb-as-you-imagine-only-more-so/

  10. 2015-07648
    Comm 110

    1.”The event conducted just beyond this sign may contain triggering and/or sensitive material. Sexual violence, sexual assault, and abuse are some topics mentioned within this event. if you feel triggered, please know there are resources to support you:…”
    Sign stationed outside of MTV’s event “Open Your Eyes”
    Source: https://www.buzzfeed.com/stephaniemcneal/that-viral-trigger-warning-sign-isnt-warning-hoftsra-student?utm_term=.klqL3lNg7#.kk6K7Vlqp
    2. “The following episode contains scenes that some viewers may find disturbing and/or may not be suitable for younger audiences, including graphic depictions of rape and sexual assault. Viewer discretion is advised.”
    Netflix’ trigger warning on 13 Reasons Why
    Source: https://www.buzzfeed.com/krystieyandoli/netflix-is-updating-its-trigger-warnings-for-13-reasons-why?utm_term=.kt238YwnJ#.myqn045MK
    3. “HUGE trigger warning! Thirteen-Year Old Rape Victim Stoned to Death — most details to date http://tinyurl.com/6ewok3
    Twitter user gives trigger warning to a rape article
    Source: https://www.buzzfeed.com/alisonvingiano/how-the-trigger-warning-took-over-the-internet?utm_term=.kvPEL87Nd#.mvA7dB1eb
    4. Trigger Warning: This post may inflame those who have a personal vendetta against trigger warnings.
    Article entitled “Trigger Warnings Do Not Indicate Weakness Or Coddling”
    Source: https://www.theodysseyonline.com/trigger-warnings-do-not-indicate-weakness-or-coddling
    5. “An opinionated, unfiltered, unreferenced set of Mark’s random thoughts. Warning: You will be offended!”
    Trigger warning on Marco’s Thirties blog
    Source: https://ahnanggi.wordpress.com/2016/06/12/a-useful-technique-to-safeguard-yourself-from-multi-level-marketing/
    6. “…this particular post has the potential to be EXTREMELY offensive and might not be PG. You should not continue if any of the following apply to you: If you are involved in a business which has been accused of being part of a multi-level marketing, network marketing, or pyramid scheme. Note that I used the term “accused”. If you are potentially sensitive to topics with sexual and other immoral themes. If you have been the victim of sexual and immoral practices, which has caused you distress to this day. i.e. trigger warning!”
    Trigger warning on Marco’s Thirties blog
    Source: https://ahnanggi.wordpress.com/2016/06/12/a-useful-technique-to-safeguard-yourself-from-multi-level-marketing/
    7. “We were unable to find a speaker we could trust not to say something you mght find offensive. Just cover your ears. It will be over soon.”
    Stated at the picture in the article The Dangers of Demonizing ‘Safe Spaces’
    Source: http://eichy815.tumblr.com/post/154302944561/the-dangers-of-demonizing-safe-spaces
    8. “The following program contains slave girls, extreme beheading, ruined feast, throat slitting.”
    In the article, Trigger Warnings: A Discussion
    Source: https://acrocollective.net/2015/08/21/trigger-warnings-a-discussion/
    9. “The following program is rated TV-MA and contains adult content, graphic language, graphic violence, nudity.”
    In the article, ‘What HBO Can Teach Colleges About ‘Trigger Warnings’
    Source: https://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2014/05/what-trigger-warning-activists-and-critics-can-learn-from-hbo/371137/
    10. “Trigger-warning warning: this article contains a potentially-triggering trigger warning.”
    In the article, ‘Trigger-Warning Warning Instituted For Those Triggered By Trigger Warnings’
    Source: http://babylonbee.com/news/trigger-warning-warning-instituted-triggered-trigger-warnings/

  11. Leigh/ Comm 110
    2015-00407
    1.) For spoken trigger warning, you may say, for example:
    “I would like to trigger warn that I am about to go into a detailed discussion about an experience of sexual assault. Please feel free to leave at any time throughout this discussion if you wish.”
    Retrieved from: https://nowsa2017.com/trigger-warning-policy-2/

    2.) “We’ll embed the video here, with the warning that it contains images and language that viewers might find disturbing.”
    Retrieved from: http://www.npr.org/sections/ed/2016/09/07/492979242/half-of-professors-in-npr-ed-survey-have-used-trigger-warnings
    3.) ”You will find that we expect members of our community to be engaged in rigorous debate, discussion and even disagreement,” part of the note reads. “At times this may challenge you and even cause discomfort.”
    Retrieved from: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/university-of-chicago-trigger-warning_us_57bf16d9e4b085c1ff28176d
    4.) Our classroom provides an open space for the critical and civil exchange of ideas. Some readings and other content in this course will include topics that some students may find offensive and/or traumatizing. I’ll aim to forewarn students about potentially disturbing content and I ask all students to help to create an atmosphere of mutual respect and sensitivity.
    Retrieved from : https://uwaterloo.ca/centre-for-teaching-excellence/trigger
    5.)The AAUP’s Committee A in September released a report on “trigger warnings,” the practice of giving students advance warning that instructional or academic materials might elicit difficult emotional responses. Institutional mandates that faculty use trigger warnings interfere with academic freedom in the choice of course materials and teaching methods, the report says. While faculty may sometimes judge it necessary to alert students to potentially difficult material, there are reasons to be concerned that even voluntary use of trigger warnings may be counterproductive to the educational experience.
    Retrieved from: https://www.aaup.org/article/mandated-trigger-warnings-threaten-academic-freedom#.WZxJ2zMjHIU
    6.) Trigger Warning: this piece discusses trigger warnings. It may also look askance at college students who are now asking that trigger warnings be applied to their course materials.
    Retrieved from: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/mar/05/trigger-warnings-can-be-counterproductive
    7.)“The following episode contains scenes that some viewers may find disturbing and/or may not be suitable for younger audiences, including graphic depictions of rape and sexual assault. Viewer discretion is advised.”
    Retrieved from: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2017/05/02/netflixs-13-reasons-why-gets-more-trigger-warnings-critics-say-it-glamorizes-teen-suicide/?utm_term=.0a0fd18ede1d
    8.)Trigger warnings for this article: rape, suicide, abuse. This article also contains spoilers for the series.
    Retrieved from: http://affinitymagazine.us/2017/04/02/psa-13-reasons-why-comes-with-major-triggers/
    9.)“Trigger warning: The event conducted just beyond this sign may contain triggering and/or sensitive material. Sexual violence, sexual assault, and abuse are some topics mentioned within this event. If you feel triggered, please know there are resources to help you.”
    Retrieved from: http://www.mrctv.org/blog/hofstra-university-provides-trigger-warning-presidential-debate
    10.) the MTRCB warned moviegoers that “Fifty Shades Darker” contains “prolonged and realistic depiction of sexual activity and aberrational sexual behavior, scenes involving bondage and dominance, sadism and masochism, nudity (breast, butt and public hair exposures) and, strong and/or sexual language.”
    Retrieved from: http://news.abs-cbn.com/entertainment/02/01/17/fifty-shades-darker-to-hit-ph-cinemas-without-cuts

  12. Comm 110
    2013-13646 Micah

    To The Bone (Netflix): “The film was created by and with individuals who have struggled with eating disorders, and it includes realistic depictions that may be challenging to some viewers.”
    Source: https://www.netflix.com/watch/80171659?trackId=13752289&tctx=0%2C0%2C672bc756b5d46739e92f163c7aa3063237d7d59a%3Afa25376f31382e62beb10cf70524be375854b59a
    13 Reasons Why (Netflix): “This fictional series covers several difficult issues, including depression and suicide. If you or anyone you know need help finding suppport and crisis resources in your area, go to 13reasonswhy.info for more information.”
    Source: https://www.netflix.com/watch/80117471?trackId=13752289&tctx=0%2C0%2Cd67cf5d7d1464d9331b356f7ce5684b626360ad9%3A14f0c838eaf3a332a1e324aff2f1d0b968b0a19c
    “The following materials provide information regarding the University’s response to and adjudication of sexual misconduct cases. Some of the information provided uses explicit language and references situations about sexual situations, sexual assault, and sexual violence. These materials may be upsetting.”
    Source: http://www.brandeis.edu/provost/pdf/final_title_IX_resources-_april_22-2015.pdf
    “Trigger warnings for this article: rape, suicide, abuse. This article also contains spoilers for the series.”
    Source: http://affinitymagazine.us/2017/04/02/psa-13-reasons-why-comes-with-major-triggers/
    “Trigger warning: The event conducted just beyond this sign may contain triggering and/or sensitive material. Sexual violence, sexual assault, and abuse are some topics mentioned within this event. If you feel triggered, please know there are resources to help you.”
    Source: http://theberry.com/2016/10/28/what-trigger-warning-really-means-mb/
    “Warning: The video in this story contains content that some viewers may find disturbing”
    Source: http://windsor.ctvnews.ca/graphic-content-warning-man-pleads-guilty-to-animal-cruelty-charges-1.3354581
    “(Content warning: Disturbing video):”
    Source: http://www.theblaze.com/news/2017/07/26/video-shows-jordanian-military-guard-gunning-down-three-us-army-green-berets/
    “(Content warning: disturbing images.)”
    Source: http://www.theblaze.com/news/2015/10/07/disturbing-hamas-video-uses-graphic-blow-by-blow-stabbing-attack-to-encourage-the-killing-of-jews/
    “Content warning: drug addiction, mental illness, disability”
    http://www.mcgilldaily.com/2017/07/my-experience-with-regenerative-medicine/
    “WARNING: Graphic content”
    http://www.news.com.au/technology/online/social/bad-girls-advice-group-removed-from-facebook-over-bestiality-posts/news-story/82f8fa85252829621ba7e518b307544d

  13. 2014-29275
    1. “A quick heads-up. The reading for this week contains a graphic depiction of sexual assault.”
    Source: Manne, K. (2015, September 19). Why I Use Trigger Warnings. The New York Times. Retrieved from https://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/20/opinion/sunday/why-i-use-trigger-warnings.html?mcubz=1

    “I would like to trigger warn that I am about to go into a detailed discussion about an experience of sexual assault. Please feel free to leave at any time throughout this discussion if you wish.”
    Source: Network of Women Students Australia. (n.d.). Trigger Warning Policy. Retrieved from https://nowsa2017.com/trigger-warning-policy-2/
    “Warning: Although this university values and encourages civil expression and respectful personal behavior, you may at any moment, and without further notice, encounter ideas, expressions and images that are mistaken, upsetting, dangerous, prejudiced, insulting or deeply offensive. We call this education.”
    Source: Adler, J. H. (2015, November 12). A new trigger warning for college campuses. The Washington Post. Retrieved from https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/volokh-conspiracy/wp/2015/11/12/a-new-trigger-warning-for-college-campuses/?utm_term=.269ac00ce4b4
    “Class, we are about to watch a video about forced sterilization in psych wards.”
    Source: Slade, M. (2016, November 7). Trigger Warnings – What They Are And What They Aren’t. Everyday Feminism. Retrieved from http://everydayfeminism.com/2016/11/what-trigger-warnings-are/
    “This story contains scenes of violence and sexual punishment. If you are looking for happy endings please give this a pass. The author does not condone the acts described there in and is purely fictional.”
    Source: The Red Door. (n.d.). Retrieved from Red Hot Short Reads: http://www.redhotshortreads.com/the-red-door.html
    “I will assign and ask that we discuss works that address and/or contain strong language, violence, sexual content, racial and gender inequity, and other representations that may challenge or trigger you.”
    Source: Smith, I. (21, September 2016). Content Notice: Here Are A Few Ways Professors Use Trigger Warnings. Retrieved from http://www.npr.org/sections/codeswitch/2016/09/21/493913099/content-notice-here-are-a-few-ways-professors-use-trigger-warnings
    “…this story contains graphic and detailed descriptions of rape, physical abuse, the physical results of abuse, and religious apologisms for both physical and sexual abuse of children.”
    Source: Ducote, N. (2013, May 15). I CAN’T TELL MY STORY WITHOUT A TRIGGER WARNING: ELIZABETH’S STORY. Retrieved from https://homeschoolersanonymous.org/2013/05/15/i-cant-tell-my-story-without-a-trigger-warning-elizabeths-story/
    “Three major themes in this novella are racism, sexism, and abuse (physical, sexual, verbal, and spiritual). If these are triggers for you, DON’T READ!”
    Source: Raptor, J. (2016, January 11). Trigger Warning: Extreme Horror: Contains Strong Sexual Content, Violence, Drug Use, and Language. Retrieved from https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28526425-trigger-warning
    “…while ‘Things Fall Apart’ by Chinua Achebe — a novel set in colonial-era Nigeria — is a ‘triumph of literature that everyone in the world should read,’ it could ‘trigger readers who have experienced racism, colonialism, religious persecution, violence, suicide and more.'”
    Source: Medina, J. (2014, May 17). Warning: The Literary Canon Could Make Students Squirm. The New York Times. Retrieved from https://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/18/us/warning-the-literary-canon-could-make-students-squirm.html?_r=1
    “Product contains graphic description of drug use, violence, sexual activity or very strong themes, which have a very high degree of intensity and which are high in impact.”
    Source: Australian Recording Industry Association. (n.d.). Labelling Code. Retrieved from http://www.aria.com.au/pages/labelling-code.htm

  14. 2014-41105
    Comm 110

    1.) “The following reading includes a discussion of the harsh treatment experienced by First Nations children in residential schools in the 1950s. This content is disturbing, so I encourage everyone to prepare themselves emotionally before proceeding. If you believe that the reading will be traumatizing for you, then you may choose to forgo it. You will still, however, be responsible for material that you miss, so please arrange to get notes from another student or see me individually.”
    Source: https://uwaterloo.ca/centre-for-teaching-excellence/trigger

    2.) “Fair warning to Quakers and Catholics: The Puritans sometimes cut off your ears and bored out your tongues, so skip this week if you don’t want to hear or talk about that. Ditto for practitioners of Wicca, who will surely be alarmed by the trials of their sister witches at Salem.”
    – J. Zimmerman
    Source: http://www.chronicle.com/blogs/conversation/2014/05/20/my-syllabus-with-trigger-warnings/

    3.) “It is my goal in this class to create a safe environment in which we examine our assumptions… Discomfort can be part of the learning process as we are challenged to shift our paradigms. I invite you to sit with this discomfort. However, if the discomfort starts to turn to distress, I want you to take care of yourself. You can withdraw from an activity or even leave the classroom.”
    – Kyla Bender-Baird
    Source: http://flavorwire.com/520346/teaching-trigger-warnings-what-pundits-dont-understand-about-the-years-most-controversial-higher-ed-debate

    4.) “The subject matter of this course can be difficult intellectually and emotionally. We are likely to touch on tough topics, including (but not limited to) police brutality, racism, homophobia, sexual assault, abuse, class and gender issues, and more. If you anticipate acute distress as a result of encountering a particular topic, talk to me ahead of time to arrange an alternative written assignment in lieu of your in-class participation. If you become so distressed that you need to leave during class, talk to me afterward and we can arrange an alternate assignment. I will not “warn” students about particular topics, because sensitivity to different topics varies from person to person, and because topics may arise unexpectedly in class discussion. Additionally, as you may know, there is a difference between being triggered (in the sense of post-traumatic stress disorder) and feeling uncomfortable. Feeling uncomfortable (and sometimes even angry or offended) is part of intellectual growth. Feeling triggered or psychologically traumatized is not. Please take care of yourselves and each other, and let me know if I can do anything at all to help.”
    – Katie Young
    Source: https://vptl.stanford.edu/faculty-instructors/diversity-inclusion/diversity-inclusion-related-topics/difficult-classroom

    5.) “I will not give trigger warnings for individual readings and assignments, as it is hard to know what will trigger whom. But I want to say something about triggering for the overall course. Course content will address multiple forms of violence, which may include rape, child abuse, physical assault and murder, genocide, as well as systemic violence derived from racism, ethnocentrism, ableism, homophobia/heterosexism, and/or transphobia. Be aware of that, take care of yourself, support each other. This material will push us emotionally, intellectually, and psychically. I want you to understand the difference between feeling bad about something and recognizing your emotional response vs. being triggered, experiencing symptoms of PTSD, flashbacks, or reliving past trauma. If you feel yourself being triggered, you may leave the room without explanation, excuse yourself from a conversation, or contact me about alternative assignments.

    Because this is a course in which we will be working with materials in sexuality studies, gender studies, race and ethnicity studies, and disability studies, the assigned readings and film/video viewings may include mature language, racially charged content, sexually explicit materials, visual representations of bodies in various states of dress and/or sexual acts, and descriptions of sexual activity. If you have any personal concerns about viewing or reading such materials, please talk to me individually. Modified or alternative readings can be arranged on an individual basis if necessary. We should all work together to foster a respectful atmosphere for discussion (“safe space, brave space”). If you are feeling triggered by material and do not wish to be present during a particular discussion, you may excuse yourself without need for explanation. I recognize that the theme of this course can bring sensitive topics to the fore, and I hope that you will communicate with me by email or during office hours to work together to address any concerns you might have.”
    – Karli Cerankowski
    Source: https://vptl.stanford.edu/faculty-instructors/diversity-inclusion/diversity-inclusion-related-topics/difficult-classroom

    6.) “TRIGGER WARNING: Discussion of “entry” may bring up painful memories for victims of sexual assault. Counselers will be avaialable for students who suffer post-traumatic flashbacks during this class.”
    Source: https://www.econjobrumors.com/topic/syllabus-for-my-io-course-with-trigger-warnings

    7.) “TRIGGER WARNING: Discussing “discrimination” may cause psychological trauma to students who have faced racism, classism, sexism, heterosexism, cissexism, or ableism.”
    Source: https://www.econjobrumors.com/topic/syllabus-for-my-io-course-with-trigger-warnings

    8.) “Trigger warning: This book contains a scene of suicide.”
    Source: http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/insight/2014/06/15/fair-warning.html

    9.) “The following paragraphs contain depictions of violence against women and animals.”
    Source: http://nevadasagebrush.com/blog/2014/04/15/trigger-warning-your-syllabus/

    10.) “Some of the material that we cover in class may be traumatic or troubling. If you need to step out of a class because the conversation has gotten overwhelming, there’s no penalty.”
    Source: http://inthesetimes.com/article/16940/is_the_academy_trigger_warning_happy

  15. COMM 110 — 201104926

    TRIGGER WARNINGS FOR VIDEO GAMES WITH MINI FILMS:

    1.) Amnesia: The Dark Descent — Content and Trigger Guide

“Overview: parental abuse, body horror, brainwashing, murder of children, claustrophobic and nyctophobic gameplay, decapitation, drowning, eye horror, ghosts, stalking, torture, undead creatures, unreality.

    The game is a psychological horror, and relies heavily on jumpscares and darkness in gameplay.”

    2.) BioShock (2007) — Content and Trigger Guide

    “Overview: Animal cruelty, body horror, a clown, drug use, cannibalism, claustrophobic/nyctophobic scenarios, insects, drowning, substance abuse, needles, mutilation, optional violence against children.

    The game utilises jumpscares, and takes place in a city built underwater.”

    3.) Silent Hill — Content and Triggers Guide

    “Overview: acrophobic and nyctophobic gameplay, animal death, body horror, child abuse, claustrophobic scenarios, enemies that resemble insects/reptiles/dolls, references to drug use, reference to v*ing, supernatural influences including spirits and demons, medical malpractice, reference to self harm, forced impregnation, multiple hallucinations. 

    The game is a horror, and utilises jump scares (listed under the cut).“

    4.) The Last of Us — Content and Trigger Guide

    “Overview: Blood, fungi, suicide, brutal murders, child death/family member death, torture, violence, gore, animal death, zombie related-gore, sexual violence, implied cannibalism, and a pedophile character.”

    
TRIGGER WARNING FOR CLASSES


    5.)  “Our classroom provides an open space for the critical and civil exchange of ideas. Some readings and other content in this course will include topics that some students may find offensive and/or traumatizing. I’ll aim to forewarn students about potentially disturbing content and I ask all students to help to create an atmosphere of mutual respect and sensitivity.”

    6.) “Next class our discussion will probably touch on the sexual assault that is depicted in the second last chapter of The White Hotel. This content is disturbing, so I encourage you to prepare yourself emotionally beforehand. If you believe that you will find the discussion to be traumatizing, you may choose to not participate in the discussion or to leave the classroom. You will still, however, be responsible for material that you miss, so if you leave the room for a significant time, please arrange to get notes from another student or see me individually.”

    7.) “The following reading includes a discussion of the harsh treatment experienced by First Nations children in residential schools in the 1950s. This content is disturbing, so I encourage everyone to prepare themselves emotionally before proceeding. If you believe that the reading will be traumatizing for you, then you may choose to forgo it. You will still, however, be responsible for material that you miss, so please arrange to get notes from another student or see me individually.”

    8.) “ Course Content Note

At times this semester we will be discussing historical events that may be disturbing, even traumatizing, to some students. If you suspect that specific material is likely to be emotionally challenging for you, I’d be happy to discuss any concerns you may have before the subject comes up in class. Likewise, if you ever wish to discuss your personal reactions to course material with the class or with me individually afterwards, I welcome such discussions as an appropriate part of our classwork.

    If you ever feel the need to step outside during a class discussion you may always do so without academic penalty. You will, however, be responsible for any material you miss. If you do leave the room for a significant time, please make arrangements to get notes from another student or see me individually to discuss the situation.”

    9.) “ Course Content Note

    At times this semester we will be discussing historical events that may be disturbing, even traumatizing, to some students. If you ever feel the need to step outside during one of these discussions, either for a short time or for the rest of the class session, you may always do so without academic penalty. (You will, however, be responsible for any material you miss. If you do leave the room for a significant time, please make arrangements to get notes from another student or see me individually.)

    If you ever wish to discuss your personal reactions to this material, either with the class or with me afterwards, I welcome such discussion as an appropriate part of our coursework.”

    10.) “You will find that we expect members of our community to be engaged in rigorous debate, discussion and even disagreement. At times this may challenge you and even cause discomfort.”

    Sources:

    Amnesia: The Dark Descent (2015, July 11). Retrieved August 22, 2017, from http://vgtriggers.tumblr.com/tagged/amnesia:%20justine

    BioShock (2015, June 17). Retrieved August 22, 2017, from http://vgtriggers.tumblr.com/tagged/bioshock

    Silent Hill (2015, July 7). Retrieved August 22, 2017, from http://vgtriggers.tumblr.com/tagged/silent-hill

    The Last of Us (2015, June 22). Retrieved August 22, 2017, from http://vgtriggers.tumblr.com/post/53643583400/the-last-of-us-content-and-trigger-guide

    Univ. of Waterloo — Trigger Warnings (n.d.). Retrieved August 22, 2017, from https://uwaterloo.ca/centre-for-teaching-excellence/trigger

    Syllabus Trigger Warnings: A How-To, And Some Reflections, One Year Along (2015, August 25). Retrieved from https://studentactivism.net/2015/08/25/trigger-warnings-for-syllabi-a-how-to-one-year-along/

    Holmes, L. (2017, February 06). A Quick Lesson On What Trigger Warnings Actually Do. Retrieved August 22, 2017, from http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/university-of-chicago-trigger-warning_us_57bf16d9e4b085c1ff28176d

  16. Anna
    COMM 110 – 201507210

    “CONTENT WARNING: The following images may be triggering to survivors.” Source: https://www.facebook.com/pg/projectcurrent/photos/?tab=album&album_id=291418034559692
    “WARNING: This video contains sensitive images related to sexual assault.” Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GEhtMHLMAss
    “This video may show graphic violence or gore.” Source: https://www.facebook.com/DailyMailVideo/videos/1435372706543645/
    “Graphic content warning: The video in this post contains raw birth footage.”
    Source: https://www.facebook.com/search/str/content%2Bwarning/stories-keyword/stories-public?esd=eyJlc2lkIjoiUzpfSTE0MjE0OTgyNTk0NDoxMDE1NDk1NzI0MTc3NTk0NSIsInBzaWQiOnsiMTQyMTQ5ODI1OTQ0OjEwMTU0OTU3MjQxNzc1OTQ1IjoiVXpwZlNURTBNakUwT1RneU5UazBORG94TURFMU5EazFOekkwTVRjM05UazBOUT09IiwiMTY0MzA1NDEwMjk1ODgyOjIyOTU3Mzc2MzA0ODU5NzIiOiJVenBmU1RFMk5ETXdOVFF4TURJNU5UZzRNam95TWprMU56TTNOak13TkRnMU9UY3kifSwiY3JjdCI6Im1lZGlhIiwiY3NpZCI6Ijg0YzRjNzdhMTg2NTdmY2VlYTNmYmJkYzZlYjlmOGNiIn0%3D
    “EDIT: Its come to my attention that in answering or simply reading these questions some people may get emotionally distressed or triggered in reliving past experiences. So i’m just putting this here as a warning, some questions here talk about mental consequences/mental health and might feel rather “personal”. if you feel you may be vulnerable to this then by all means it’s alright not to answer.” –Rafaela Santiago Source: https://www.facebook.com/jrafaelasantiago/posts/1707575499524654
    “Content warning: Some readers of this blog have contacted Google because they believe this blog’s content is objectionable. In general, Google does not review nor do we endorse the content of this or any blog. For more information about our content policies, please visit the Blogger Terms of Service.” Source: https://www.blogger.com/blogin.g?blogspotURL=http://bettypaginated.blogspot.com.au/2017/01/dear-amanda-please-forgive-me.html&bpli=1
    “Please note: we don’t read aloud any violent scenes or anything like that, but we do discuss rape and forced seduction in the genre, character backstory, and the ways in which sexual violence is depicted in romance past and present.” Source: http://smartbitchestrashybooks.com/podcast/118-discussing-rape-trigger-warnings-and-also-what-were-reading/
    “Trigger warnings for this article include: discussion of sexual violence, severe examples of PTSD episodes, descriptions of intimate partner violence.” Source: https://socialistworker.org/2016/01/28/trigger-warnings-and-ableism
    “Trigger Warning: This book contains scenes of colonialism, racism, and rape, which may be upsetting to students who have experienced colonialism, racism, or rape.” Source: http://www.newyorker.com/books/page-turner/trigger-warnings-and-the-novelists-mind
    “When you read ‘Lolita,’ keep in mind that what you’re reading about is the systematic rape of a young girl.” Source: http://www.newyorker.com/books/page-turner/trigger-warnings-and-the-novelists-mind

  17. 201319739

    SAMPLE TRIGGER WARNINGS

    “I will assign and ask that we discuss works that address and/or contain strong language, violence, sexual content, racial and gender inequity, and other representations that may challenge or trigger you.”
    “Trigger warnings for this article include: discussion of sexual violence, severe examples of PTSD episodes, descriptions of intimate partner violence.”
    WARNING: “Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that the following program may contain images and voices of deceased persons”.
    “Caution: This profile may include sensitive content.”
    “Content warning: This article contains racial, ethnic, and anti-LGBTIQ slurs and ableist language.”
    “Trigger warning: this article or section, or pages it links to, contains information about sexual assault and/or violence which may be triggering to survivors.”
    “TW: sexual assault, stalking”
    “Warning for Potentially Emotionally Disturbing Content – [INSERT CONTENT TYPE / DESCRIPTION HERE]”
    “This includes a rape storyline.”
    “Warning Graphic Video. Videos that contain graphic content can shock, offend and upset.”

    REFERENCES

    Owens, E. (2016, September 27). Trigger Warnings In Actual College Courses Are As Dumb As You Imagine, Only More So. Retrieved August 23, 2017 from http://dailycaller.com/2016/09/27/trigger-warnings-in-actual-college-courses-are-as-dumb-as-you-imagine-only-more-so/

    2.Binns, R. (2016, January 28). Trigger warnings and ableism. Retrieved August 23, 2017 from https://socialistworker.org/2016/01/28/trigger-warnings-and-ableism

    Geek Feminism Wiki. (n.d.). Trigger warning. Retrieved August 23, 2017 from http://geekfeminism.wikia.com/wiki/Trigger_warning
    Perezm S. (2017, March 09). Twitter tests a feature that warns users of profiles with ‘potentially sensitive content’. Retrieved August 23, 2017 from https://techcrunch.com/2017/03/09/twitter-tests-a-feature-that-warns-users-of-profiles-with-potentially-sensitive-content/
    Gockowski, A. (2016, October 21). Student paper self-censors articles with ‘content warnings’. Retrieved August 23, 2017 from https://www.campusreform.org/?ID=8291
    Scott, A. (2017, March 31). Are trigger warnings more harmful than taboo subjects? Retrieved August 23, 2017 from https://www.ft.com/content/8f0f4c5e-13ab-11e7-80f4-13e067d5072c
    Price, E. (2016, August 26). Hey, University of Chicago: I am an academic. I am a survivor. I use trigger warnings in my classes. Here’s why. Retrieved August 23, 2017 from https://medium.com/@erikadprice/hey-university-of-chicago-i-am-an-academic-1beda06d692e
    The XProject Wiki. (n.d.). Disturbing Content Warnings. Retrieved August 23, 2017 from http://x-journal.net/Wiki/index.php?title=Disturbing_Content_Warnings
    Vingiano, A. (2014, May 06). How The “Trigger Warning” Took Over The Internet. Retrieved August 23, 2017 from https://www.buzzfeed.com/alisonvingiano/how-the-trigger-warning-took-over-the-internet?utm_term=.bxG36xM0K#.xuDG896NX
    Zolfagharifard, E. (2015, January 14). Facebook adds warnings on graphic content that can ‘shock, offend and upset’ – but does the measure go far enough? Retrieved August 23, 2017 from http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2909087/Facebook-adds-warnings-graphic-content-shock-offend-upset-does-measure-far-enough.html#ixzz4qaYl49mR

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