Pennsylvania college tells students 'action could be taken' for using wrong pronouns

The Pennsylvania university notified students of its 'Misgendering, Pronoun Misuse, and Deadnaming Policy'
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Point Park University in Pennsylvania told incoming students that "action could be taken" against them if they do not respect the personal pronoun choices of their classmates.

In an email initially obtained by Campus Reform, the school's Office of Equity and Inclusion notified students of its "Misgendering, Pronoun Misuse, and Deadnaming Policy."

The policy states that if an individual is informed of another person's "gender identity, pronouns, or chosen name," the individual is expected to respect the naming desires of that person. 

"While the University recognizes the aspect of intent versus impact, we must recognize that regardless of the intent, if an individual is impacted in a harmful way, action could be taken if a complaint is filed," reads the message.

It is unclear how the university intends to enforce the policy.

"I think it’s unreasonable to expect the 99.99% to compromise for the 0.01%,"  Point Park student Tyler Hertwig told Campus Reform, whose stated mission is to "exposes liberal bias and abuse on the nation's college campuses." 

"Out of the thousands  of people you’ve met in your life, how many times have you asked for their gender versus how many times you’ve asked for their name? To expect people to completely rewire how they interact with others is nuts," Hertwig also said.