The institution is committed to a tolerant, fair-minded, and respectful campus community. Faculty, staff, and students have an ongoing responsibility to avoid using discriminatory language because its use is potentially damaging to others in both work and learning environments. The institution strongly encourages the use of inclusive language in all academic and organizational communication, whether written or spoken. In the diverse campus community, inclusive language reflects an attitude of openness toward others and respect for their life experiences. Inclusive language avoids false assumptions about others and works to overcome barriers between individuals and among communities in such areas as gender, race, class, age, physical differences, ethnicity, religious beliefs, sexual orientation, marital status, and disability.