The institutionalization of campus safety-related anxieties has only exacerbated insecurity. What began as a focus on students’ emotional well-being is now framed as a mental-health epidemic. A climate of fear is inhospitable to the cultivation of academic relationships and the pursuit of intellectual inquiry. Take the growing stigma attached to the term “controversial speaker.” Once, controversy was seen as essential to the workings of an academic community; nowadays, many university administrators fear controversy to the point that they have designed policies to marginalize or ban provocative speakers altogether.
~ Frank Furedi, The Campus Culture of Fear and Its Costs (City Journal)