CUNY to teachers: Stop calling students ‘Mr.’ or ‘Ms.’

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Campus Reform: To avoid gender discrimination, school staffers at the City University of New York were recently urged to cease using “Mr.” and “Ms.” when addressing their students.
An internal memo circulated by administrators to faculty at the university’s Graduate Center described the new policy as part of an “ongoing effort to ensure a respectful, welcoming and gender-inclusive environment,” as reported by the Wall Street Journal.

According to interim Provost Louise Lennihan, who signed the memo, eliminating the “gendered salutations” will better “accommodate properly the diverse population of current and prospective students. Instead of using gendered titles, Lennihan encouraged staff members to begin addressing students by first and last name only.

CUNY spokeswoman Tanya Domi said the policy is part of the university’s effort to “comply with Title IX legal principles,” referencing the 1972 federal law that prohibits gender-based discrimination in higher education. While Title IX’s purpose is to shield individuals from gender-based discrimination, no portion of the law itself requires the use of gender-neutral titles.
“I love the concept, but they are not mandated to do this,” Saundra Schuster, an attorney and advisory board member for the Association of Title IX Administrators, told the Journal.
Claire Bishop, a professor of art history at CUNY, embraced the new policy for reasons apart from its original purpose. “I don’t use ‘Mr.’ or ‘Mrs.’ anyway. What’s anyone’s marital status got to do with how we address them? Why should women have to say whether they’re married or not?” asked Bishop, adding that “[t]hat’s increasingly something that our society has got to take into account.”
The New York Daily News objected to the policy in an editorial Wednesday, describing CUNY’s decision to “extinguish discrimination by rewiring the English language” as “no business for a university to ply.”
“Prefixes that have stood the test of time are suddenly forbidden because someone might feel oppressed receiving an envelope addressed to the former Mr. John Smith, now Ms. Jane Smith,” wrote the editorial board.

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0 responses to “CUNY to teachers: Stop calling students ‘Mr.’ or ‘Ms.’

  1. Obviously, we should address people by a nickname without asking first, like they’re 8, in order to more “authentic” and “geniune”… All Hail, the Sensitive Progressives!

  2. I propose we just start calling EVERYONE, including teachers, professors, university administrators, Congress-critters, and the president of the USA by the very gender-neutral “Hey you!”

  3. This is so stupid and so predictable coming from the lunatic Left. It is just another way to do away with anything respectable in society. Today’s colleges are nothing more than Liberal propoganda clearing houses for all the BS the minds of these mentally insane “educators” can dream up.

  4. Maybe I’m just getting old, but the growing tide of insanity leaves me dumbstruck. I saw an article on this issue on a truther blog. There was only one libtard troll who praised the idea of a genderless society. OK we’ve erased race even though it does exist, so now lets erase gender.
    I’m sure others in here must have heard about the “new improved” gender neutral NIV Bible. I read about it last year and read some sample passages; IMO meaningless drivel
    AAARRGGHHH! stop this ride I want to get off

  5. I didn’t much like it when they changed from Mr. & Mrs. or Miss to Ms.,but THAT’S where I draw the line. These titles were as much to identify the person as to show “fit and proper respect” to them. BUT,as we all know,there’s no place in “Higher” Education for anything like Respect. (Or logic,or common sense,or ACTUAL education…)

  6. securitytechmaster

    We are so screwed


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