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Other Rules

Avoiding Sexism

Use the correct gender or neutralize the context with words that incorporate both sexes:

  • "the best person (or candidate) for the job" rather than "the best man for the job"
  • "department or committee chair" rather than "chairman" or "chairwoman" Note: If referring to a specific individual associated with a business or organization outside of the University, check to see if that person has a preference.
  • "supervisor" rather than "foreman"

In cases where pronouns include both genders, use the plural, if appropriate:

  • "Students should see their advisors," not "Each student should see his or her advisor."

Other terms:

  • all-gender restrooms