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Rights of all Students

People at chaulkboard Sterotypical notions about gender and the role of different genders in society are often revealed in attitudes and practices which may have the effect of devaluing students, All students have the right to expect a harassment free study and learning environment.

The following represent the most typical illustration of how teachers' understanding of gender influences their classroom behavior.

  • Habitually calling upon and being more attentive to comments made by one gender of students than other students in seeking response to questions and addressing discussion topics
  • Addressing the class as if only one gender were present. For example, "when you were boys..." or "now ladies...".
  • Explicit use of derogatory terms, stereotypical generalizations or "humorous" images or statements that demean or trivialize people because of gender identity or expression or sexual orientation. For example, referring to a gay male as a fag; stereotyping all feminists as lesbians; or sharing a blond joke.
  • Reinforcing sexist stereotypes by using classroom examples that exclude women (if the topic is one traditionally associated with a male role) or men (if the topic is one traditionally associated with a female role). For example, always referring to scientists as men or primary teachers as female.
  • Continued use of the generic "he" or "mankind"

All students must be respected in the classroom. Faculty should avoid humor that demeans or harasses people on the basis of sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression. Alternatives to using generic masculine terms such as "man" or "he" such as "they" or "them" should be chosen to be inclusive of all students. They should choose course material that does not perpetuate sex and gender stereotypes.

To ensure they are being inclusive in the classroom faculty should add a question concerning discriminatory behaviour or have another person observe them in the classroom.