Hundreds online are fuming after professors at the University of Colorado told students that man-made climate change wouldn't be open for debate in their online course. In an email to students who complained after an initial lecture for "Medical Humanities in the Digital Age," professors Rebecca Laroche, Wendy Haggren, and Eileen Skahill explain the course is "based on the scientific premise that human induced climate change is valid and occurring. We will not, at any time, debate the science of climate change, nor will the 'other side' of the climate change debate be taught or discussed," per the College Fix. "If you believe this premise to be an issue for you, we respectfully ask that you do not take this course."
The email notes students won't be allowed to debate man-made climate change in class forums and must use research materials peer-reviewed by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. The course syllabus also suggests only the negative impacts of fracking will be taught. Many have expressed their support, but hundreds have also objected, calling the professors "hostile control freaks." "If these professors feel they have such a case for man-made global warming, shouldn't they be able to take all comers?" an assistant professor at Missouri's Jefferson College says, per the Washington Times. A university rep says the professors have offered to discuss the course with students "who have concerns or differing opinions." (Read more climate change stories.)