University Bans Lecturers From Using Capital Letters- And Staffers Are Miffed
The journalism department of Leeds Trinity University has requested that lecturers avoid a barrage of offences out of fear of intimidating or frightening students into failure.
Some of those offenses include writing in capital letters, which could “scare [students] into failure,” harsh tones, and more, according to the school’s memo.
Staff at the University’s school of journalism have also been told to “write in a helpful, warm tone, avoiding officious language and negative instructions”.
Course leaders say capitalising a word could emphasise “the difficulty or high-stakes nature of the task”.
A part of the memo says: “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. Generally, avoid using capital letters for emphasis and “the overuse of ‘do’, and, especially, ‘DON’T’.”
It also says that staffers must also be “explicit about any inexplicitness” in their assignment briefings.
Some blasted the move as “more academic mollycoddling” of the snowflake generation. An “enhancing student understanding, engagement and achievement” memo lists dos and don’ts – with “do” and “don’t” among words frowned upon.
One Leeds Trinity staffer told the Express that they don’t agree with the new policy.
“We have some excellent students but it’s a constant battle against a system that wants to treat them like little kids,” the unidentified staffer said, according to the outlet. “We are not doing our students any [favors] with this kind of nonsense.”
Another added that the new policy is nothing more than “more academic mollycoddling.”