University bosses have ordered lecturers to stop using capital letters when assigning work to their students out of fear it might upset them.
The memo sent out to staff at Leed’s Trinity journalism department suggested that using uppercase letters may ‘scare them into failure’, reports the Express.
It also included some tips on how they should address their students from now on, such as writing in a friendly tone, steering clear of overbearing language and negative instructions.
Critics have slammed the idea because it suggests that the ‘snowflake’ generation are being overindulged throughout their education.
The list of instructions states that it aims to increase student levels of engagement while offering lecturers a list of do’s and don’ts as well as prohibited terms.
It suggested that writing a word in caps could highlight the ‘difficulty’ of the assignment and therefore worry the students.
Lecturers were told to avoid upper-case letters, especially when telling students to ‘do’ or ‘don’t’ do something in the instructions of the task.