According to West Virginia University using the wrong gender pronoun can result in being charged with a Title IX violation. Of course Title IX has nothing to do with gender pronouns. It was passed in 1972 to give women equal funding in education and sports programs:
No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.
Now WVU has decided if someone doesn’t call another person by their preferred pronoun, that person will be in violation of Title IX. The University has decided that the word ‘sex’ in the Title IX law also refers to ‘gender identity’ and ‘gender expression’, (whatever that may be). WVU says students “have the right to be treated according to the gender you identify with.” In order for students to be aware of the proper terms, the university has published this handy-dandy pronoun chart:
West Virginia University has published explanations for using these pronouns and what to do if err and use the wrong pronoun. Should you stand up and correct those who use the wrong pronoun? WVU answers that question:
Some people may not want a lot of public attention to their pronouns, while others will appreciate you standing up for them. If someone uses the wrong pronoun for a person who isn’t present, try a brief correction: “I think Sam uses she and her pronouns. And yes, I’m going to her house later too!”It can be tough to remember pronouns at first. The best solution is to practice! Correct pronoun use is an easy step toward showing respect for people of every gender.