UNC drops term ‘freshman’ in favor of ‘gender inclusive language’

Campus Reform Reporter
5k+
Total Shares

The University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill has removed the word “freshman” from official university documents, citing as their reason an attempt to adopt more “gender inclusive language.”

We are “committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our community,” reads a statement administrators sent to Campus Reform on Monday.

The University of North Carolina (pictured above) dropped the term “freshman” in an effort to adopt more “gender neutral language.”

“Consistent with that commitment, gender inclusive terms (chair; first year student; upper-level student, etc.) should be used on University Documents, websites and policies,” it continues.

A spokesperson for UNC declined to further elaborate on the university’s reasoning for implementing the language change.

Some students, however, expressed discontent over the change in policy.

Brandon Hartness, Executive Vice Chair for the school’s college Republicans chapter, told Campus Reform he feels the university is allowing political correctness to drive their decisions.

“I feel like they are making a big deal out of nothing,” said Hartness. “Girls are not going to deem the word [freshman] as sexist.”

“I feel like most people don’t even think about it,” he added.

Karen Moon, Director of UNC News Services, did note that the policy change occurred in 2009. It has recently garnered attention after the libertarian news personality, John Stossel, highlighted it in his show earlier this month.

Follow the author of this article on twitter: @oliverdarcy





LATEST TWEETS

Ray D. OBX
@rdobx - 4 hours ago

University of Michigan prof: Islamophobia, right-wing Jews inspired Charleston shooting http://t.co/4tT2TRwirE via @campusreform

Fight the good Fight
@morehouse64 - 7 hours ago

Grad student threatens abortion unless she raises $1M http://t.co/aAhW7mXb9R via @campusreform your parents so proud! We'll pray for you

Koi
@KoiGoodheart - 9 hours ago

@campusreform: #ICYMI: Michigan prof: Islamophobia, right-wing Jews inspired Charleston shooting: http://t.co/jOT0cE7cXw” "Lower Education"

Vibora Volando
@vibora_volando - 9 hours ago

@campusreform Lunatic. He'd just as soon no one stood up to Islam; makes conquest easier.

Jana Murray
@janamurray - 10 hours ago

RT @campusreform Millennials shocked by BROKE ass Hillary #Clinton’s expensive $$ homes https://t.co/63mhXdc9YK

Libusters
@bob4gov_now - 10 hours ago

Prof. resigns from U. of Memphis after social media posts blasting whites http://t.co/6U6GISAbre via @campusreform #Libusters

Madelyn Klein
@Madelyn122394 - 11 hours ago

@campusreform KFC or Popeyes? Vote and get a $50 gift card of your favorite ?? http://t.co/GcNKRBPLsE Pls RT ??