Published On: Thu, Sep 29th, 2016

University of Michigan rolls out pronoun policy for students to pick their gender

University of Michigan students are now able to  choose the personal pronoun they want faculty and staff to use when talking with them, the school announced. He, she or ze: Ze is a gender-neutral, third-person singular subject pronoun used in place of the masculine he or the feminine she, according to Dictionary.com.

“Asking about and correctly using someone’s designated pronoun is one of the most basic ways to show respect for their identity and to cultivate an environment that respects all gender identities,” Provost Martha Pollack and Vice President for Student Life Royster Harper said in an email message to students and faculty announcing the new pronoun policy.

“If you make a mistake and use the wrong pronoun, you can acknowledge that you made a mistake and use the correct pronoun next time,” the email continued. “Please help us continue to make the University of Michigan an inclusive and welcoming place for all of our students.”

Designated pronouns are automatically populated on class rosters. If a student doesn’t designate a pronoun, none will be listed.

The move is the result of a Pronoun Committee of staff and faculty that met for the past year. The committee was in response to a student petition.

U-M isn’t the only Michigan university to make this change this year. Eastern Michigan University also now allows students to pick their preferred name and preferred pronoun.

photo Marcus Werthmann

photo Marcus Werthmann


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