Apparently, anything with the word “men” in it is no longer acceptable.

The University Times reports:

‘Freshman’ Students to Become Gender-Neutral ‘Fresh’

irst and second-year students, who have been traditionally referred to as “freshman” students in Trinity, will now be known as junior and senior “fresh” students in an effort to be inclusive to all gender identities.

In an email to staff and students, Vice-Provost Chris Morash said the change was approved by the College Board. Morash said that this “small but important change will ensure that all Trinity students are equally included by the language used to describe them”.

The change, according to Morash will be implemented over the next three years. Morash referred to the fact that we are approaching 100 years of women’s suffrage in Ireland in 2018.

Morash referenced the College’s strategic plan, the diversity and inclusion strategy and Athena SWAN gender action plan in his email to students. This move is a significant step towards inclusion of all genders, as Trinity grapples with gender equality. “It is a concrete expression of the university’s commitment to gender equality”, added Morash.

All digital and print literature will be changed in this three-year period to reflect the this new practise. “The commitment of everyone will be crucial to ensuring its implementation”, explained Morash.

[Editor’s note, FS: corrected the title to reflect the correct name of Trinity College]

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