Most of us likely believe that the college experience should include some kind of personal as well as academic growth. A few things regarding the demographics of UNO students are important to keep in mind this regard.
First of all, many of our UNO students don't fit the profile of "traditionally-aged" students in that the average age of our undergraduates is about 25 or 26 (vs. the late teens/early 20's). As such, many of our students come with significantly more life experience than traditionally-aged students. Also, some of our students come with a history of some type of mental health concerns including depression, anxiety and emotional, physical or sexual abuse. As a result, some course assignments, which may seem benign and/or important for personal growth, serve to bring up painful memories which might disorient students and make it harder for them to deal with the normal demands of college.
Many professional organizations have added sections to their ethical standards which encourage instructors to think carefully about including assignments which force students to disclose personal information. Those standards may also require that, in addition to being noted in a syllabus, any course curricula that require self-disclosure be identified in the university catalog so potential students can have knowledge of that requirement before enrolling in a course. All academic disciplines are encouraged strongly to examine their curricula for required self-disclosures and discuss the nature and purpose of the requirements. Those that are not absolutely essential to the learning process should be considered for replacement.