Not only do universities want to ban concealed firearms and outspoken conservative speakers, but it seems non-“gender-neutral” words are under fire. Banning a major part of students’ vernacular seems counterintuitive to higher education and enriching students’ minds but apparently not to the administrators at Cardiff Metropolitan University.
As part of the university’s new ‘Code of Practice on Inclusive Language,’ students and staff who use gender-biased words including but not limited to ‘sportsmanship,’ ‘mankind,’ or even ‘Mr’ and ‘Mrs’ could face serious disciplinary reprehension for failing to meet the university’s Bullying and Harassment Policy, according to a report from The Tab.
The university’s official policy states:
“Should individuals consider that in the course of interaction with students or staff that this Code has not been adhered to and that further action is required, there are two courses of action. For students please refer to the Bullying and Harassment Policy. For staff members the Disciplinary procedure applies, as it does in the event of students talking inappropriately to staff.”
In a statement released to the media regarding the controversial policy, the university claimed:
Cardiff Met’s Code of Practice and Guide to Inclusive Language, first produced in 2005, is not a governance document and is not a corporate policy. It encourages the use of inclusive language and, in its own words, “aims to raise awareness amongst staff and students of the importance of using appropriate language within the working and learning environment and also aims to promote a common sense approach to managing this”. It makes no demands, bans nothing and carries no sanctions.
Complaints about the excesses of so-called ‘political correctness’ and their impact on organisational cultures are not new. For Cardiff Met, though, academic freedom and the celebration of diversity are cornerstones of University life – and are entirely compatible with each other.
A recent study on free speech on British college campuses found that nearly “63.5 per cent of universities now actively censor speech, and 30.5 per cent stifle speech through excessive regulation”.
Here is a list of some of the banned words:
Charwoman, cleaning lady
Girls (for adults)
Man or mankind
Man (verb) eg man the desk
Man in the street, common man
Woman doctor – or feminine forms of nouns eg actress, poetess
Working man, working mother/wife