Tuesday, January 27, 2015

CUNY: Don’t Address Students as ‘Mr.’ or ‘Ms.’

Wall Street Journal
January 26th, 2015

“Mr.,” “Mrs.” and “Ms.” are being shown the door at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.
In a new policy that has sparked debate among academics, school staffers have been advised to refrain from using gendered salutations in correspondence with students—and instead use a student’s full name, according to an internal memo sent out earlier this month.
The directive pertains specifically to administrators’ written interactions with students and prospective students, said Tanya Domi, a school spokeswoman. But the memo says the policy should be “interpreted as broadly as possible” and was sent to all faculty at the Graduate Center.
“My interpretation was that I was being asked to adhere to this policy, as were the other professors who received the letter,” said Juliette Blevins, a linguistics professor at the school.

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