Thursday, January 29, 2015

CUNY: Don’t Call Students ‘Mr., Mrs. or Ms.’ Because That’s Maybe Disrespectful

The Graduate Center of the City University of New York issued a memo advising staff not to address any students as “Mr., Mrs. or Ms.” beginning this spring because some could find it disrespectful.

The policy is intended to “ensure a respectful, welcoming and gender-inclusive learning environment . . . and to accommodate properly the diverse population of current and prospective students,” according to the memo, signed by interim provost Louise Lennihan.

School spokeswoman (wait – can I call her that?) Tanya Domi said the initiative was also part of the school’s “working within a regulatory framework to comply with Title IX legal principles,” which forbid discrimination based on sex at any institution receiving federal funding.

(Yes, the viewpoint that calling someone “Mr.” could ever be considered a violation of federal policy is terrifying.)

But attorney and Title IX consultant Saundra Schuster insisted to the Wall Street Journal that CUNY’s new policy isn’t necessary for complying with the law. ”They are not mandated to do this,” she said.



Stan B said...

I hope they're not so backwards as to continue asking gender on their application forms!

Anonymous said...

They're not required by the law to do this NOW, but since they brought it up it will only be a matter of time before someone reinterprets the law again in order to make it required.

Leftists in charge of laws means bad interpretations followed by worse.

stinky said...


There's only one application form ... but the gender section is several pages long.

Bird of Paradise said...

The PC stupidity continues

Anonymous said...

We should also drop all other titles too such as Doctor, Reverend, President, etc., because they are not inclusive either.

Go Away Bird said...

Anon 11:15. and Proffesor to