‘Freshman’ tossed out over ‘gender equality’ at Irish school. The new term is quite the innovation.

‘Freshman’ tossed out over ‘gender equality’ at Irish school. The new term is quite the innovation.
The term "freshman" will be phased out at Trinity College Dublin as a "concrete expression of the university's commitment to gender equality." (Image source: YouTube screenshot)

The term “freshman” will be phased out at Trinity College Dublin as a “concrete expression of the university’s commitment to gender equality,” the Independent reported, citing an email to students and staff.

What’s the new term?

  • Just “fresh.”

What else did the email say?

  • Vice Provost Chris Morash and Student Union President Kevin Keane called it a “small but important change” in an email to students and staff, the Independent said.
  • The change will take place over the next three years and affect first- and second-year students — currently called junior and senior freshmen.

What did Keane add to the Independent?

  • “We want Trinity to be as inclusive as possible,” Keane told the paper, adding that the word change is “very sensible.”
  • He added that Trinity College “can be an intimidating place for new students, so anything that can be done to reduce that is important and welcome.”

Where else has this occurred?

  • Yale University in September announced that it will stop using “freshman” and “upperclassman” in official documents, Inside Higher Ed reported, and replace the terms with “first-year” and “upper-level” students.
  • The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill also nixed the term “freshman” in 2009, the outlet said.

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