Mount Holyoke College, an all-women's school, is asking professors to avoid calling students "women" or otherwise referring to "the two genders."
The Supporting Trans and Non-Binary Students guide was created by officials at the college, which touts its legacy as an all-women's college, in an effort to promote a "gender neutral" classroom environment.
"When discussing the student body, say 'Mount Holyoke students' rather than 'Mount Holyoke women,'" it instructs professors. "Avoid making statements like 'We're all women here…', or referring to '…the two genders…'"
The guide claims that "many students spend the first day of class braced against various types of disrespect," such as "professors who mispronounce their names, call them by the wrong name entirely, misgender them, and so on."
To avoid accidentally insulting students, the guide instructs faculty members to avoid calling names from attendance rosters and instead invite students to introduce themselves during class.