According to the Associated Press, the University of New Hampshire has removed a “Bias Free Language Guide” from its website after it came into the light via the media.
The guide, which was published on the university's website, deemed the word “American” as being problematic because it fails to recognize South America, the Associated Press reports.
An article published on campusreform.org stated that the guide encouraged the use of “U.S. citizen” or “resident of the U.S.” instead of using the word “American.”
“The associate vice president for community, equity and diversity removed the webpage this morning after a meeting with President (Mark) Huddleston,” the university said in a statement on Thursday.
It continued to say the president “fully supports efforts to encourage inclusivity and diversity on our campuses. He does not believe the guide was in any way helpful in achieving those goals. Speech guides or codes have no place at any American university.
The guide was created in 2013 by several advocacy groups whose members were appointed by the university president, the Associated Press said.
The Associated Press also reports that Huddleston was unaware of the guide until it was criticized in the media this week, and said on Wednesday it was not campus policy and that he was offended by many of its entries.
The authors of the guide told the Associated Press it was meant to encourage critical thinking about commonly used terms.
On Thursday, Huddleston ordered a review of the university’s website posting policies.
Campusreform.org said there were several other words in the guide that were deemed “problematic,” like “homosexual,” “illegal alien,” “mothering,” and “fathering,” “senior citizen,” and “elders.”
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