Friday, January 30, 2015

CUNY Campus Drops ‘Mr.’ and ‘Ms.’ to Foster Respect for Students’ Diversity

From the Chronicle of Higher Education:

The City University of New York’s Graduate Center is advising its faculty and staff members to avoid using such courtesy titles as “Mr.,” “Ms.,” and “Mrs.” in written correspondence with students and instead to address them by their full names, The Wall Street Journal reports.

The goal of the new policy, which was laid out this month in a memorandum from the provost’s office and goes into effect this spring, is to “ensure a respectful, welcoming, and gender-inclusive learning environment … and to accommodate properly the diverse population of current and prospective students,” the memo says.

I may be out of touch, but does this initiative take PC too far? Feel free to comment.


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But first names are not always appropriate or professional. Could not one use Dear Ms/Mr [last name] in formal correspondence? It is what I do in business communications when I don't know the person's gender.

Posted by: Susan Apel | Jan 31, 2015 12:49:24 PM

Of course it's absurd. The normalization of such absurdity is entirely consistent with today's rapidly metastasizing diabolical disorientation.

Posted by: JKE | Jan 31, 2015 10:54:32 AM

Not at all. I've taken to using first names to avoid incorrect gender identification for transgender students.

Posted by: Jim Milles | Jan 30, 2015 3:09:23 PM

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