Students and staff face disciplinary consequences if they use terms like “mankind,” “forefathers,” “layman,” etc.

Regardless of what this UK university has instituted as official policy, virtually all academic departments in the US and UK look down on the use of “gendered” language and consider it sexist. So even though the majority of universities don’t have official policies, failing to adhere to these novel standards of language can nonetheless have severe consequences for one’s academic career.


Daniel Haqiqatjou

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