Harvard officials were forced to apologize to university members this week after issuing color-coded placemats on campus providing students with scripted answers for complex social issues.

Students took issue with the campaign, stating that one of the world’s leading academic institutions should not be telling them “what to think and what to say”.

The “holiday placemats for social justice” advised students on how to talk to their families over the holidays about Syrian refugees, police killings, student activism and the controversy over the “house master” title which the University recently stopped using.

The placemats were issued by the Harvard Office for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, together with the freshmen dean’s office, and were divided into four sections with potential questions and how to answer them.

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