- The Washington Times - Monday, September 26, 2016


Hofstra University is hosting the first presidential debate of this election cycle, and it wants its students to understand that there may be some content from the debate that could upset its fragile collegiate body.

Hofstra students, on campus, may have seen a so-called trigger warning posted for an election event at the school’s student union that read: “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 support you.”

The sign then gave the phone numbers to the school’s counseling services, crisis and public safety counselor, student advocacy and prevention office, Title IX coordinator and National Sexual Assault Hotline.

The school put the sign up for MTV’s ElectThis campaign, not the debate, Tony Aiello, a CBS News reporter, who first tweeted the sign, explained on Twitter.

“To clarify — sign is outside ‘MTV Elect This Multimedia Experience’ the area where HU students are counting down to debate time,” he explained.

Fox News investigated, which found another trigger warning sign that was quickly removed as soon as the news agency took the picture, Fox New’s Brit Hume reported Monday night.

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