[lg policy] Gender-specific words like mankind and tradesman are BANNED at Australian universities

Harold Schiffman haroldfs at gmail.com
Tue Jun 19 10:33:49 EDT 2018


 Gender-specific words like mankind and tradesman are BANNED at Australian
universities

   - *University students face being penalised for using gender-specific
   langauge *
   - *Universities across Western Australia have developed guidelines to be
   followed*
   - *Students are to avoid using words such as mankind, tradesman and
   craftsman  *

By Bryant Hevesi For Daily Mail Australia
<http://www.dailymail.co.uk/home/search.html?s=&authornamef=Bryant+Hevesi+For+Daily+Mail+Australia>

Published: 03:39 EDT, 18 June 2018 | Updated: 05:28 EDT, 18 June 2018


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Using gender-specific language could see some university students failing
assessments under an increased push to stamp-out stereotyping on the basis
of sex.

Universities around Perth <http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/perth/index.html>
have developed 'inclusive language' policies for students and staff to
follow where words such as mankind are ditched in favour of terms like
humankind.

Curtin University students face being penalised if they use words deemed to
contain bias or discriminatory language, Perth Now
<https://www.perthnow.com.au/news/wa/gender-specific-language-banned-at-some-wa-universities-ng-b88868648z>
reported.
[image: University students in Western Australia face 'misconduct
provisions' if they use language which contains bias or discriminatory
language (stock image)]
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University students in Western Australia face 'misconduct provisions' if
they use language which contains bias or discriminatory language (stock
image)
[image: Curtin University in Western Australia aims to educate students 'on
the use of inclusive language']
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Curtin University in Western Australia aims to educate students 'on the use
of inclusive language'

'While it is possible that a student may fail an assessment or be subject
to actions under the student charter or misconduct provisions, our
preference would be to work with students to educate them on the use of
inclusive language,' Jill Downie, the university's Deputy Vice-Chancellor,
Academic, said.
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Curtin University's Inclusive Language Procedures policy says students and
staff must take reasonable steps to 'avoid stereotyping on the basis of
sex; age; race; colour; national or ethnic origin; marital or relationship
status'.

At the University of Western Australia, the Equal Opportunity Advisory
Committee has developed non-discriminatory language guidelines for students
and staff to use


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 Harold F. Schiffman

Professor Emeritus of
 Dravidian Linguistics and Culture
Dept. of South Asia Studies
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6305

Phone:  (215) 898-7475
Fax:  (215) 573-2138

Email:  haroldfs at gmail.com
http://ccat.sas.upenn.edu/~haroldfs/

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