A campus-wide initiative, the program aims to "address campus climate by helping individuals understand that their words can impact someone," said University spokesman Rick Fitzgerald to the College Fix website.
The cost of the program is said to be about $16,000. Other universities adopting the initiative are the University of New Orleans and the University of Maryland.
Fitzgerald added that by using posters around campus and spreading the message of the program, it will encourage individuals to using inclusive language. By making better choices, it creates a "positive campus community," he said.
Words declared unacceptable include:
- Illegal alien
Also included are phrases which could be deemed offensive like "I want to die" and "that test raped me."
Signs and posters placed around campus include the message "Stop. Think. Your Words Matter."
For more information about the campaign, see the College Fix website or go to Michigan's Inclusive Language Facebook page.