Journalism professors at Leeds Trinity University in the UK have been instructed not to use certain words — in case they frighten sensitive students. According to UK media reports, the use of capital letters has been banned as well as the “overuse” of the words “do” and “don’t”. In an internal staff memo obtained by the Express, staff are told students’ “anxiety” can lead to academic failure. “Despite our best attempts to explain assessment tasks, any lack of clarity can generate anxiety and even discourage students from attempting the assessment at all,” it reads.
“Generally, avoid using capital letters for emphasis and the overuse of ‘do’, and, especially, ‘DON’T’. It also urged staff to be “explicit about any inexplicitness” in assignment requirements and to be aware that “misconceptions or misunderstandings quickly spread” among students. (weiter hier)