Pennsylvania university threatens to punish students for misusing classmates’ pronouns

By: | September 23, 2021

Point Park University in Pennsylvania has placed students on warning, saying in an email that “action could be taken” if they do not respect their classmates’ preferred pronouns.

An email from the university’s Office of Equity and Inclusion, first obtained by Campus Reform, informed students of its anti-discrimination policies, including its “Misgendering, Pronoun Misuse, and Deadnaming Policy.”

“The Office of Equity and Inclusion would like to welcome in the 2021-2022 academic year with information on current policies that exist through our office and information regarding the Preferred Name Policy, instances of misgendering, pronoun misuse, and deadnaming (the use of a person’s legal ‘dead’ name instead of using the person’s chosen or preferred name), as well as resources on microaggressions and additional training,” the email reads.

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