The University of Texas at Dallas is committed to a culture of diversity and equality. Communications should avoid the use of stereotypes and reflect an attitude of awareness, respect and inclusion for all members of the population.


Do not make general references that assume competencies or exclusions related to age.

It is acceptable to note specific age statistics.

Ethnic and Racial Terms

The following terms are used informally in text and are NOT used as formal categories for the purposes of reports or applications:

Ethnic and Racial Categories

As outlined by the Coordinating Board, racial and ethnic categories are used to describe the groups to which individuals belong or identify with. The categories are used on reports, application forms or other official documentation and, in those instances, no person should be counted in more than one race/ethnic category. The categories presented do not denote scientific definitions of anthropological origins, but represent definitions used by the U.S. Department of Education and other federal agencies to categorize U.S. citizens and resident aliens. Reporting of race/ethnicity data is mandatory for all institutions receiving federal financial assistance. The categories include:


If possible, it is best to construct sentences to avoid terms that are gender-specific.


When writing for an international audience, be sensitive to words, symbols or photographs that have negative references in other cultures. For example, although pictures of students in bathing suits and shorts may be acceptable to Americans, they would be considered licentious in some other cultures.

Sexual Orientation

The term homosexual is best avoided, with gay and lesbian preferred instead. Partner is the preferred term to express the relationship between individuals in a committed gay or lesbian relationship.