Samford University

Student Handbook: Students' Rights and Responsibilities

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Inclusive Language

Language - how it is used and what it implies - plays a crucial role in Samford University’s mission to nurture persons. Because verbal constructions create realities, inclusive language can uphold or affirm those whom the university seeks to nurture, while exclusive language can damage or defeat them. Samford University therefore actively seeks a discourse in its university community that supports the equal dignity and participation of men and women; the university seeks to avoid verbal constructions that diminish the equal dignity of all individuals. It is an affirmative—and affirming—part of Samford University’s mission to educate students, staff and faculty in the creation of a community of equality and respect through language.