A motion to ban clapping over concerns the noise “triggers” anxiety passed this week at the University of Oxford.
The elite British university’s student union voted on Tuesday to mandate the use of “jazz hands” at student council meetings and other school events, NBC affiliate WXPI reported.
“Jazz hands” are the British Sign Language equivalent of clapping and are performed by raising your hands in the air and enthusiastically wiggling your fingers.
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“The policy was proposed in order to encourage the use of British Sign Language clapping during our democratic events, to make those events more accessible and inclusive for all, including people who suffer from anxiety,” said student union official Roisin McCallion, according to British outlet Metro.
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