Should a Syllabus Ever Tell Students What Not to Say?

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Todd Reeser directs the program in gender, sexuality, and women’s studies at the U. of Pittsburgh, where faculty members have published guidelines for students that suggest avoiding terms like "mankind," "chairman," and "freshman."
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While preparing an essay for a women’s-studies course, a student writes a sentence using the word "mankind" to describe human beings. The student uses the word without thinking.

But the professor makes a note on the paper, pointing out that the...

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