Students are leaving college in droves after a culture war.
They’re leaving because of the rise of “safe spaces” and “trigger warnings,” and because they’re frustrated with the lack of access to a diverse, inclusive, and supportive campus culture, according to a report released Thursday by the New York State Council of Higher Education.
The report says nearly two-thirds of students are abandoning college because they can’t handle the culture war or feel safe on campus.
It also says students are also leaving because they are tired of being the “outcasts” of the college experience.
The NU report comes as the president of the University of Pennsylvania is stepping down, and as President Donald Trump is preparing to leave office.
The president announced on Twitter he was stepping down on Friday.
The school also said in a statement that the report “reveals that our institutions are failing to meet the needs of our students and our community.”
It also said it would “continue to take concrete steps to improve our policies and procedures for protecting students.”
The report was released after the college was rocked by a series of racially charged incidents that began in November 2016.
Students said they were harassed by classmates and fraternity brothers, and that members of the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity had threatened to stab students with a knife.
Several colleges including Columbia University and Princeton University have been forced to take campus-wide and faculty-wide action in recent months to address the issues.
The reports findings comes after a series by the advocacy group Common Sense Media and others, including the Center for American Progress, in recent weeks.
They have called for a nationwide “safe space” policy to address issues of racial bias on campuses, and for more transparency about how universities handle sexual misconduct cases.