Avoid sensitive topics that are not relevant to the course content to avoid unnecessarily making students uncomfortable.

Avoid sensitive topics that are not relevant to the course content to avoid unnecessarily making students uncomfortable.
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Action:

  • Avoid demeaning jokes about sex, violence or any protected identity characteristics
  • If a sensitive topic is not listed on the syllabus consider warning students before bringing up that content.

Reason:

  • It is a good idea to bring levity and laughter to the classroom, but be sensitive to whether a joke is irrelevant or demeaning and thus will have a negative and differential impact on some students.