TCU plan to drop ‘freshman,’ use ‘first-year student,’ draws mixed reactions: report
When classes start this fall at Texas Christian University, the school will no longer have freshman students, according to a report.
That’s because university officials have decided that the term "freshman" wasn’t gender inclusive enough, FOX 4 of Dallas-Fort Worth reported.
So going forward, any TCU student with 24 or fewer credit hours will be known as a "first-year student," the report said.
The change drew mixed reactions on the school’s Fort Worth campus, according to FOX 4.
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"Really, we can’t even be called freshmen anymore," student Mackenzie Carey told the station. "I mean, I know people are offended by literally everything nowadays, but that one’s pushing it, in my book."
"There are a lot of words that have ‘men’ in them," Mekhail said. "I don’t know, there’s a lot more TCU can do, to do inclusion, than just change the word ‘freshman.’"
TCU senior Baylee Gresel said the change seemed confusing.
"’First year,’ I think medical school," Gresel said. "So if I’m going to call someone …
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