Oxford University Bans Clapping Because it Triggers Snowflake Students
Clapping will be replaced by 'inclusive' silent 'Jazz Hands
The University of Oxford's student union representatives passed a motion this week to ban clapping, opting to replace it with silent “jazz hands” waving, arguing that applause "triggers anxiety.”
The motion to "mandate the encouragement of silent clapping” recommended the use of a more “inclusive” British Sign Language symbol for clapping, otherwise known as “silent jazz hands" (waving both hands at about shoulder height.)
But student union meetings and events could be affected by the removal of traditional clapping and cheering.
The union claims clapping “presents an access issue” to those with anxiety disorders.
Student union officers contended that traditional applause, loud noises, whooping, and foot-stamping presented an “access issue” for students.
Most impacted are those who have “anxiety disorders, sensory sensitivity, and those who use hearing aids.”
Sabbatical Officer Roisin McCallion says the change is to make events “more inclusive” and accessible to all.
“The policy was proposed in order to encourage the use of British Sign Language clapping during our democratic events,” McCallion said.
McCallion says the change will "make those events more accessible and inclusive for all, including people who suffer from anxiety."
"Inclusivity is one of the Students’ Union’s founding principles."
Below is a video from a Democratic Socialist convention that erupted over students becoming anxious over pronouns:
One former student said the motion was not a good idea:
“This idea will not work and is completely ludicrous.”
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The University of Manchester passed a similar motion in September of last year.
The mandate will require Sabbatical Officers to encourage the use of jazz hands at the Student Council.
The motion also directs Officers to “lobby the University” to implement the use of jazz hands at University level events, with an explanation of why the change is essential.