The University of New Hampshire has taken down its bias-free language guide after the abundance of negative media coverage it received.
The guide that stirred national outrage for suggesting the word “American” is problematic, can no longer be found on the UNH website. It was removed on Thursday and replaced with a page on “inclusive excellence.”
UNH President Mark Huddleston released a statement on Wednesday addressing the controversy, soon after the originally story was posted by Campus Reform.
“I want to make it absolutely clear that the views expressed in this guide are NOT the policy of the University of New Hampshire,” Huddleston said. “I am troubled by many things in the language guide, especially the suggestion that the use of the term ‘American’ is misplaced or offensive. The only UNH policy on speech is that it is free and unfettered on our campuses. It is ironic that what was probably a well-meaning effort to be ‘sensitive’ proves offensive to many people, myself included."
A statement from the university on Thursday said the administration was not aware of the language guide until this week and “speech guides or codes have no place at any American university.”
According to the Concord Monitor, the guide was written by several current and former UNH staff members. One of the authors, Sylvia Foster, who works in the Office of Community, Equity and Diversity, said the guide was meant to be a list of suggestions, not mandatory policy.
Huddleston has ordered a review on UNH’s web policies to take place in the coming weeks.