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Proposed Policy at University of Toledo Would Require Calling Others by Their Chosen First Name

Proposed Policy at University of Toledo Would Require Calling Others by Their Chosen First Name

“proposed by the university’s vice president for diversity, equity, and inclusion”

This policy could be abused in some very creative ways. Wouldn’t that be a shame?

FOX News reports:

Ohio university proposed policy states students and staff ‘must’ call others by their ‘chosen first name’

A proposed policy at the University of Toledo in Ohio states that members of the university community “must” call others by their “chosen first name.”

The policy, titled “Inclusive Gender Practices,” was proposed by the university’s vice president for diversity, equity, and inclusion and states that all students, faculty, and staff “must” call others by their “chosen first name” in “all communications.”

“An individual’s Chosen First Name must be used by all UToledo students, staff, and faculty in all communications,” the proposed policy states. “The University of Toledo recognizes the importance of students, faculty, and staff being able to use names other than their legal names to identify themselves for a variety of reasons.”

Under the policy, any University of Toledo community member can change their chosen first name by accessing the university’s online portal.

The chosen first name will appear on several university documents and services, including course rosters, Blackboard, eDirectory, and more.

An individual’s chosen first name will also appear on their University of Toledo official identification card, according to the policy.

Cherise Trump, executive director of Speech First, told Fox News Digital that these kinds of policies open the door for more censorship.

“We often see attempts on campuses to compel speech under the guise of ‘inclusion’. Policies like these can put students in situations where they no longer feel they are able to speak freely. This type of policy opens the door for a culture of censorship,” Trump said.


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Call me Ishmael.

Free speech? We don’t need no stinking free speech! Just shut up and say what you’re told!

Dibs on Massa.

I’d pick Letsgobrandon

Antifundamentalist | March 21, 2022 at 10:42 pm

Why is this news? I was never called by my given name past first roll call. Ever. I went by a nickname. My sons used nicknames that had no resemblance to their given first names. It seems like a lot of fuss over nothing.

I’ll call my students what they want to be called, within reason (i.e., no curse words). But that’s different than being told to recognize a man as a woman and vice versa. That, I’m not doing.


surfcitylawyer | March 22, 2022 at 10:30 pm

My boys played water. polo in high school. The players always called each other by their last names. Surprised one mother when her daughter was called by her last name. At that time there was no girl’s team and some girls played with the boys. Some of the girls were really good. One has an Olympic silver medal and one, from another team, has a couple of Olympic gold medals and an Olympic Silver medal.