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


  • 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.


  • 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.