Students at Oxford University have appointed a new official to police microaggressions aimed at their working-class peers.
Undergrads at St Hilda’s College voted to create a “class liberation officer” to protect their poor peers from insults about their background.
The student official will run “compulsory workshops” dedicated to telling students not to mock each other on grounds like where they went to school, their hometown, or what they wear.
The elected officer will become the eighth members of the small college’s “Liberation & Support Committee”.
There's nothing more anti-working-class than the assumption working-class undergraduates need a “class liberation officer” to protect them. pic.twitter.com/qGp8UYjNUu
— Jacob Furedi (@jacobfuredi) November 20, 2016
Students voted last week to create the new position, The Sunday Times reported.
Seeking to justify the post, one unnamed student told the newspaper: “Insults such as ‘chav’, chav-themed social nights and questions such as ‘why are you wearing Primark?’ can make poor students feel upset and worthless”.
The news comes not long after Heat Street reported on a cheerleading society at Bristol University which was ordered to cancel a social event deemed to demean working-class students.
Class angst is sweeping the best British universities, including Oxford, where 44% of the student body was privately educated, compared to 7% nationally.
The full St Hilda’s “Liberation & Support Committee” will have eight positions.
As well as the “class liberation officer”, it consists of: a disabled students officer, LGBTQ officer, BME officer (black and minority ethnic officer, women’s officer, overseas officer and two non-specific welfare officers.
Between them they will cater to just 393 students.
Oxford, the world’s oldest English-speaking university, has been gripped by many of the same crazes for language policing and “safe space” dogmas as American campuses in recent years.
Heat Street has recently reported how criminal law students are now given trigger warnings before discussions of violent crime, while students have also begun to complain about the institution’s famously heavy workload.
Unpopular political views are also treated with increasing disdain – a speech to students last week by Trump operative Corey Lewandowski became a hotbed of protest, and saw attendees kicked out of the famous Oxford Union debating hall.