The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has decided that the word “freshman” is no longer appropriate to describe first-year students. Why? The word includes “man,” and thus is not “gender inclusive.” According to statement administrators, UNC is “committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our community. Consistent with that commitment, gender inclusive terms (chair; first year student; upper-level student, etc.) should be used on University Documents, websites and policies.”
Undoubtedly, the school will now call for the city name to be changed, since Chapel Hill sounds too Christian.