CUNY Memo: Don't Address Students As 'Mr.' or 'Mrs.'
The Graduate Center of the City University of New York has created a new policy causing a controversy.
Gretchen Carlson reported today that faculty and staff members were advised in a memo to not use gendered salutations in correspondence with students, and that they must use a student's full name instead.
The Wall Street Journal reported that the interim provost, Louise Lennihan, wrote in the memo that the policy is an "ongoing effort to ensure a respectful, welcoming and gender-inclusive learning environment...and to accommodate properly the diverse population of current and prospective students.”
Judge Andrew Napolitano sounded off on "The Real Story" today stating that school administrators have "misread the Title IX federal statute, which regulates higher education that receives federal or state dollars."
"So they think they are doing the right thing," he explained. "What they have forgotten is, this school, the City University of New York, is owned by New York. It's owned by the government. The government is regulated by the First Amendment, as is everything that it owns."
He added that "the university can drop Mr. or Mrs. in official documents, but it cannot punish, coerce or instruct its employees or the students from using Mr. or Mrs., because they have a First Amendment right to do so."
Watch the video above to hear more.