Brown University

Is 'safe space' concept being abused on campus?

It's that time of year when parents take their kids off to college. And when they say good-bye, many will add, "Be safe."

But "safe" has a whole new meaning on campuses today, far beyond staying out late or drinking too much. "Safe" -- and "safe spaces" -- now means a protected bubble with no nasty comments, no judgment or criticism, nothing that might make anyone feel uncomfortable.

Which can make people feel uncomfortable.

A few weeks ago, a junior at the well-regarded Claremont Colleges in California posted on Facebook that she and her friends were looking for a fourth roommate.

"POC only," she wrote, meaning...