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University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill Drops the Word "Freshman" to be "Gender Inclusive"

In an attempt to adopt more “gender inclusive language," the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill has removed the word “freshman” from its university documents.

School administrators said in a statement to "We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our community. Consistent with that commitment, gender inclusive terms (chair; first year student; upper-level student, etc.) should be used on University Documents, websites and policies."

A spokesperson for UNC declined to elaborate on the university’s reasoning for the language change.

Brandon Hartness, of the UNC College Republicans, told “I feel like they are making a big deal out of nothing. Girls are not going to deem the word [freshman] as sexist. I feel like most people don’t even think about it."


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