Summary: A Guide to Bias-Free Communications
A Reference for Preparing Official University Publications
People in the university community are increasingly
aware of the need to use language that recognizes our
diversity and does not offend, demean or exclude people
on the basis of gender, race, ethnic group, religion, age,
ability/disability or sexual orientation.
In the fall of 1990 the Faculty Senate endorsed the
Gender Equity Task Force recommendation to assist
faculty, staff and students in dealing with these issues
when preparing official university publications and other
communications. A broad-based group of professionals
from the university community developed this guide in
consultation with a number of faculty, staff and students.
Changing our language usage, however, does not
come easily or automatically. Familiar ways of writing
and speaking are more comfortable; substitute phrases do
not always spring quickly to mind.
This guide is meant to help you find a more encom-