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Tennessee students asked to use gender-neutral pronouns

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - University of Tennessee students have been asked to use gender-neutral pronouns such as "ze."

Multiple media outlets report that the University of Tennessee Office for Diversity and Inclusion is asking students and faculty to use the pronouns in order to create a more inclusive campus.

The University of Tennessee's Pride Center Director, Donna Braquet, wrote on the university's website Wednesday that she is requesting that teachers ask each student to provide the name and pronoun he or she - or ze - wishes to be referred by. She says it relieves a burden for people expressing different genders or identities.

The university's Media and Internal Relations Director, Karen Ann Simsen, says there is no mandate or official policy to use the language.

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