Guide to Bias-Free Language

Statement of Policy

Excelsior College exists to increase access to a quality education with excellence and economy, particularly for those historically underserved by higher education. The College seeks to meet the needs of a pluralistic society that is increasingly dependent upon an informed and educated citizenry.

It is through written publications and oral presentations that students learn of the articulated Diversity Values and Policy of the College:

We acknowledge that diversity involves a recognition and respect of the richness of ethnic and cultural traditions, and of different perspectives related to gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, religion, family status, and more... [the] College will integrate the concept of diversity into all aspects of the life of the College,...[and] encourage practices that contribute to the support of diversity in the workplace.

The elimination of potentially biased language in College written and oral communications is an essential component of this commitment to access, excellence, and diversity. The use of bias-free language is in accordance with these values and policy.

Excelsior College is committed to the goal of using inclusive, sensitive, and affirming language in all forms of communications.

Procedure

Excelsior College endorses the principles incorporated in the Guide to Bias-Free Language Usage and requests that all staff employ these principles in the preparation of all examinations, study guides, content guides, catalogs, print-based publications, electronic publications and communications. The College encourages staff to consider the alternatives listed in the Guide's thesaurus to avoid the use of potentially biased language.

The College further requests that all examinations, study guides, content guides, catalogs, print-based publications, electronic publications and communications be reviewed to ensure the bias-free portrayal of individuals and groups.