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

What do you call a first-year student at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill? If you said freshman, you’re living back in the Stone Age, when cavemen (make that cavepersons) roamed the earth.

The antiquated term freshman, Campus Reform.org reports, has been excised from official university documents, along with other “non-gender inclusive” terms as part of a commitment “to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our community” (h/t Weasel Zippers).

A statement sent to Campus Reform reads:

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



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