[Ed. – If they have to do this — and they don’t — how about simply removing the sexist portion of the terms ending in -man? Anyone who feels inferior being called a junior is beyond help.]
Pennsylvania State University will no longer use labels like “freshman,” “junior,” or “senior,” because such terms are not inclusive enough and perpetuate a Western male-dominated viewpoint.
On April 27, Penn State’s faculty senate announced the passage of an “inclusive language” resolution that has effectively banned the use of “paternalistic” terms such as “freshmen,” “junior,” “senior,” “upperclassmen,” “underclassmen,” and more, according to Penn State News.
The Senate Committee on Curricular Affairs passed the resolution — titled “Removal of Gendered & Binary Terms from Course and Program Descriptions” — with a majority vote.
A portion of the resolution reads, “The University, as with most all academic institutions world-wide, has grown out of a typically male-centered world. As such, many terms in our lexicon carry a strong, male-centric, binary character to them. Terms such as ‘freshmen’ are decidedly male-specific, while terms such as ‘upperclassmen’ can be interpreted as both sexist and classist.”