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Jul 30, 2015 5:00 PM

Controversial 'Bias-Free Language Guide' removed from UNH's website


DURHAM- A controversial post was removed from the University of New Hampshire's website after making headlines this week.

The post was a guide to so-called "bias-free" language. It had been on the website since 2013.

FULL LIST: 'Problematic' terms according to UNH 'Bias-Free Language Guide'

The guide included terms that could be viewed as "problematic" matched up with recommendations of a "preferred" term.

Instead of calling someone “homosexual”, they suggest “gay, lesbian, or SGL.”

What caused the most controversy is that the term "American" could be seen as a problem or offensive.

The University released a statement:

“The associate vice president for community, equity and diversity removed the webpage this morning after a meeting with President Huddleston. 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.

President Huddleston has ordered a review of UNH’s web posting policies in the weeks ahead. He was surprised and unhappy to learn that the university does not have practices that make clear which web pages include UNH policies and which pages include content that reflects the opinions of some members of our community.

The university has more than 1 million web pages on its site; university administration was not aware of the "language guide" until this week.”

Some students, like Kaitlyn Carrion think the post should have stayed.

“People are afraid, I find the people that are more against it are the people who don't know as much about it. So if you aren't willing to find out more and you're not willing to inform yourself, then ya, you're going to want it taken down,” Carrion said.

Mike O’Brien is transferring to UNH, he says the list was like opening a can of worms.

“You put people in a corner as to what they can or can't say and you limit free speech and that ruins society as a whole,” O’Brien said.

Huddleston is now ordering a review of UNH’s web posting policies.


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