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.
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.
directive pertains specifically to administrators’ written interactions
with students and prospective students, said
a school spokeswoman. But the memo says the policy should be
“interpreted as broadly as possible” and was sent to all faculty at the
“My interpretation was that I was being asked
to adhere to this policy, as were the other professors who received the
a linguistics professor at the school.