University of Manchester Students’ Union Bans Clapping For Causing Anxiety


Reps at the University of Manchester voted to replace noisy appreciation with the British Sign Language (BSL) equivalent – a wave of both hands.

Union officer Sara Khan said traditional clapping can cause issues for students with autism, sensory issues or deafness.

“It was argued that the loud noise of traditional clapping and whooping pose an issue to students with anxiety or sensory issues,” a student paper wrote.

But the move was criticised by some who accused students of being “pampered”. Under the new measures, BSL clapping will be used at student events such as debates, panels and talks.

Student groups and societies will also be encouraged to move away from audible clapping.


Read more at BBC.




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