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University of Minnesota Backs Off Proposal to Punish People for Not Using Preferred Gender Pronouns

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New proposal removes language concerning sanctions

21 February 2019

THE COLLEGE FIX — The University of Minnesota recently unveiled the latest draft of a proposed administrative policy on gender identity that removed controversial language that had proposed punishing students and faculty for not using preferred gender pronouns. Potential sanctions had included firing or expulsion in previous drafts.

The policy allows for university members to use “a specified name that differs from the name listed on their legal documents, use a gender identity that differs from their sex and/or sex assigned at birth, and/or specify the pronouns and other gendered personal references used to refer to them.”

Previous drafts included language for disciplinary sanctions for failing to use someone’s preferred gender pronouns. The sanctions involved “disciplinary action up to and including termination from employment and academic sanctions up to and including academic expulsion.” […]

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