‘Mr.’ and ‘Ms.’ is too Gender Specific



CUNY Graduate Center (Image license: Public Domain – credit Alex Irklievski via Wikimedia Commons)

Do you find the written salutations of “Mr.” and “Ms.” to be offensive? After all, each is equated to a specific gender – hopefully there is no reason to clarify which salutation is meant for which gender.

Apparently, the use of a salutation could lead to discrimination…

For prospective students of City University of New York’s Graduate Center, any correspondence will include the student's full name without any salutation, or we assume, title.

'Mr.' and 'Ms.' is too Gender Specific

‘Mr.' and ‘Ms.' is too Gender Specific

Alexandra Zimmern reports on it in The College Fix article “University Bans Use of ‘MR.’ AND ‘MS.’ in All Correspondence“:

“Effective Spring 2015, the (graduate center’s) policy is to eliminate the use of gendered salutations and references in correspondence to students, prospective students, and third parties,” Louise Lennihan, interim provost, states to employees in a recent memo. “Accordingly, Mr. and Ms. should be omitted from salutations.”


The policy will “ensure a respectful, welcoming, and gender-inclusive learning environment … [and] accommodate properly the diverse population of current and prospective students,” Lennihan states in the memo.

When first reported, Domi clarified the policy was placed to work:

“within a regulatory framework to comply with Title IX legal principles.”

(For what it's worth, Title IX prohibits discrimination.)

Controversy over the new policy has already been met with various debates by professionals, professors, and academic circles in general. One of the better points made by a linguistics professor at the graduate center was:

On the contrary, in some cultures, it is disrespectful to address a person without a salutation…

Please refer to  our news brief source (below) for the full read!



News to Share brief source: “University Bans Use of ‘MR.’ AND ‘MS.’ in All Correspondence” by Alexandra Zimmern for The College Fix
Image (license Public Domain) by Alex Irklievski via Wikimedia Commons

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The Graduate Center building located at 365 Fifth Avenue, between 34th and 35th Streets.

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