"Safe spaces" are detrimental to free speech. Just because people are offended, that does not make them right. And sometimes they need to be offended to grow as a person. One of the reasons that atheism exists is because we were allowed to "offend" believers by saying, we don't believe. It allowed us to break away, and allowed our societies to grow and change.
Atheists, free thinkers, liberals, etc. need to have their ideas challenged just as much as those who are conservative and are protecting the status quo. Without that challenge, bad ideas take root, even in those who claim to be skeptics and scientists. You have a person who claims to not believe in god, because there isn't enough evidence, but at the same time is an anti-vaxxer, even though there are mountains of data to show the error of that belief.
As one of my friends put it - The far Right (conservatives) want a Mad Max style world - with absolutely no controls, and the far Left (liberals/progressives) want a 1984 style world - with thought police. There has to be an answer that resides somewhere in the middle of those two options.
Historically, Universities have been havens for free speech and the free expression of new, unpopular and/or controversial ideas. The idea that people need to have safe spaces to shelter themselves from something that they don't agree with is problematic because it prevents the free flow of ideas.
Yes. That is why universities have general education requirements in the first two years -- to expose students to thoughts and subjects in a variety of areas which they might not seek on their own. Does not "safe space" mean space where one is safe from attack and undue pressure?
Universities should be “safe” as in no violent crime.
Providing spaces safe from hurt feelings is obscene. It demonstrates to me how far Universities will go to get money out of people who have no business going to college. These Universities don’t push kids to grow up out of fear they will drop out and stop giving the school money. They deliberately confuse weakness and kindness.
Depends on what it is. If it's a place where one can, for example, discuss being LGBTQ or atheist or what have you without fear of abuse, then it's good. Far too often, the public sphere fails in that regard.
If it's one of those adult daycare kind of places where people can hide from the big, bad world with their crayons and puppies, then, no. We don't need that kind of thing anywhere. All it does is cause regression into childhood.
This is probably the one thing wherein I agree with conservatives-- universities should not be sanitised like this. It's where you go to be challenged, not coddled.