Yale University has kicked off the new school year by officially scrapping the terms “freshman” and “upperclassman” and replacing them with the gender-neutral terms “first year” and “upper-level students.” “It’s really for public, formal correspondence and formal publications … we’re not trying to tell

people what language to use in their everyday casual conversations,” Dean Marvin Chun told the school newspaper. “We’re not trying to be language police.” Chun applauded the “modern” terms, saying he hopes they will be used exclusively in all communications by next academic year. Rumblings for more inclusivity began last year, and by spring administrators began using the new terms. READ MORE