State University Takes ‘Preferred Pronouns’ To A Whole New Level
By Seth Connell
If you thought that the whole “preferred pronouns” thing was limited just to transgenderism, think again.
Cleveland State University is taking the whole concept of preferred pronouns to a whole new level. The University will now allow students and employees to choose what name they want to be called. Instead of their legal name, their actual name, they can make everyone else call them by a certain pronoun, middle name, “gender-specific” pronoun, or an entirely different name.
The University board of trustees adopted the new name policy last week, according to Cleveland.com. The board adopted the new name standards at the request of transgender students, international students, and others who simply prefer to be called by another name.
“The goal of the proposed policy is to instruct the administration to allow the use of a preferred name in as many circumstances as possible, including on class lists, ID cards and conduct or advising records,” the policy states.
The preferred name or pronoun will be used when the student’s legal name is not necessary, officials said. The legal name is still required for admission applications, reporting to state and federal agencies, transcripts, financial-aid documents, health insurance and payroll information.
Believe it or not, CSU is not the only school to adopt a policy such as this; it’s not even the first to do so in Ohio. Ohio University enacted a similar policy back in 2015.
“This is an important policy for many students, especially trans-identified students, who have the right to be addressed by a name and pronoun that corresponds to their gender identity,” said Delfin Bautista, director of the LGBT Center at Ohio University.
“In addition to trans and gender expansive students, the policy can also be helpful to international students who want to go by an Americanized or variation of their name as well as students changing their last name due to personal conflicts with family such as divorce or abuse.”
Other Ohio universities have this policy in place as well, including Oberlin College, Ohio State University, the University of Akron, and Kent State University.
The new policy has several aims:
- Employees and students may change their preferred name as often as they wish.
- The university will make a good-faith effort to update documents and systems that are designated to use preferred names in a timely manner.
- It is the responsibility of students using a preferred name to ensure that their professors are able to identify their work for grading purposes.
- Preferred names shall not be used for the purpose of misrepresentation, to avoid legal obligations, or in any other manner that violates university policy or federal, state or local law.
- Preferred names may not include symbols or numbers, or be unlikely to be approved as legal names (e.g. be obscene or derogatory), or otherwise violate university policy.
Some may say that this is really no big deal, that it’s just ensuring that each student is comfortable while at school. However, it symbolizes a larger trend happening in the West, a trend where society at large is accepting the notion that an individual can create their own alternative reality. The issue is far bigger than just pronouns.
If a person is not really male or female (despite DNA and basic biology saying otherwise), then there really is no limit to what else that person may “change” about themselves, no matter how basic and self-evident. A society cannot possibly thrive and live freely if there are pockets of that society that literally demand that everyone else cater to their false reality.
Liberty can only live where truth reigns. If there is a mass portion of society that believes individuals can simply “self-identify” as something that they are not, then we are seriously in trouble.