A huge political statement came from the University of Chicago earlier this week. The dean reaffirmed the university's policies on free speech, condemning "trigger warnings" and "safe spaces", which many view as an attack on political correctness. This hits close to home for me because I'm actually an alumnus of one of schools that shut out a very high-profile conservative from speaking at one of their commencements; students, faculty and alumni protested against it, and I find such actions as an assault on free speech.
Here is the statement from the University of Chicago:
Our commitment to academic freedom means that we do not support so called ‘trigger warnings,’ we do not cancel invited speakers because their topics might prove controversial, and we do not condone the creation of intellectual ‘safe spaces’ where individuals can retreat from ideas and perspectives at odds with their own.
Fostering the free exchange of ideas reinforces a related University priority—building a campus that welcomes people of all backgrounds. Diversity of opinion and background is a fundamental strength of our community. The members of our community must have the freedom to espouse and explore a wide range of ideas.