Clapping banned in university to avoid triggering anxiety

Clapping banned in university to avoid triggering anxiety

Manchester - The university's students' union has instead urged to adopt 'jazz hands.'



By Web Report

Published: Wed 3 Oct 2018, 1:17 PM

Last updated: Wed 3 Oct 2018, 8:22 PM

Clapping, considered to be the common sign of appreciation, has been banned by the University of Manchester to 'avoid triggering anxiety'.
The university's students' union has instead urged to adopt 'jazz hands', which is the British sign language for clapping and is done waving both hands.  
The University of Manchester Students' Union passed the resolution to ban clapping at student union events at the first Senate session of the academic year on September 27, according to student newspaper, the Mancunion.
"It was argued that the loud noise of traditional clapping and whooping pose an issue to students with anxiety or sensory issues. BSL clapping - or, jazz hands - would be a more inclusive form of expression," Mirror said quoting the report.
Union officer Sara Khan said traditional clapping can cause issues for students with autism, sensory issues or deafness, according to BBC. However, the decision has drawn flak on social media with some saying it's a further example of the so-called 'snowflake generation'.
A Twitter user, Piers Morgan, tweeted: 'Britain's losing its mind', while another quipped: 'Send them to Old Trafford. They'll never need to clap there!' One person rubbished the ban as an early April Fools Day and another wrote: 'What hope has anyone got if the sound of clapping sets them off? Our generation is a shambles'.


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