UNH President 'Troubled' By School's Bias-Free Language Guide

Jul 30, 2015

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The president of the University of New Hampshire says he’s troubled by a guide found on the school’s website that referred to the term “American” as politically incorrect.

In a statement, President Mark Huddleston says he’s among those offended by the bias-free language guide, which has since been removed from its website.

The guide discourages use of the term “American,” and suggests instead saying, “U.S. citizen” or “resident of the U.S.”

Instead of “rich,” the guide suggests, “people of material wealth.” And instead of “older people,” it suggests using “people of advanced age.”

"I am troubled by many things in the language guide, especially the suggestion that the use of the term 'American' is misplaced or offensive," Huddleston said. "The only UNH policy on speech is that it is free and unfettered on our campuses."

A university spokesman says the guide was written in 2013 by a small group of community members.

The school put up a statement Wednesday stressing the views expressed in the guide are not UNH policy.

Still, Senate Majority Leader Jeb Bradley says he’s outraged by the guide, adding the school should stick to education rather than taking political correctness to "farcical levels."