A university in Pennsylvania warned its students that “action could be taken” against them if they do not respect their classmates’ preferred pronouns.
Point Park University’s Office of Equity and Inclusion informed incoming students by email of its “Misgendering, Pronoun Misuse, and Deadnaming Policy.”
The email stated that “any individual who has been informed of another person’s gender identity, pronouns, or chosen name is expected to respect that individual.”
It said “action could be taken” if a complaint is filed regarding the policy.
“While the University recognizes the aspect of intent versus impact, we must recognize that regardless of the intent, if an individual is impacted in a harmful way, action could be taken if a complaint is filed,” the email states.
The email did not specify what actions might be taken or how they intend to enforce the policy.
Not everyone is in agreement with the policy, however. Logan Dubil, Campus Reform Correspondent and a student at PPU commented that the school’s policies, “go against many students’ belief systems, especially conservative students.”
“Personally, I believe in the science. There are two sexes and two genders: male and female,” Dubil said. “The policies in question force me to go against my beliefs. The fact that I can be disciplined by failing to follow policies that violate my conscience is concerning.”
Cherise Trump, Executive Director of Speech First, said that forcing students “to profess beliefs against their will is inconsistent with the freedom of thought and expression that the University claims to promote.”