Univ. says profs shouldn’t use capital letters: They can ‘generate anxiety,’ ‘discourage students’

November 20, 2018

Leeds Trinity University’s journalism department has requested that lecturers avoid a plethora of offenses out of fear of intimidating or frightening students.

A portion of the memo read, “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.”

Lecturers are also encouraged to “write in a helpful, warm tone, avoiding officious language, and negative instructions.”

The memo’s intent is to enhance “student understanding, engagement, and achievement,” and also suggests that professors avoid overusing the words “do” and “don’t.”