- Writers that they can ask the subject if they would prefer a gender-neutral nomenclature (i.e., Baccalaureate, Magisteriate and Doctorate).
- The University also allows graduating students to request a neutral nomenclature on their diplomas (e.g., Magisteriate designation instead of Master's).
“alum” (singular) and “alumni” (plural) are recommended
gender-neutral terms “graduate” (singular) or “graduates” (plural) are acceptable if requested
Note: Alumna and alumnae are no longer being used.
- The use of Dr. supports equity, diversity and inclusion in our community.
- Use the title Dr. in front of the names of any faculty, staff member or postdoctoral scholar, who has been awarded a doctoral degree from the University of Waterloo or other post-secondary institution.
- Use degree description if pertinent to the story (e.g., “Dr. Margaret Rose, who holds a doctorate in Biology ...”
- The title Dr. will be used in first references (e.g., “Dr. Margaret Rose” on first reference and “Rose” on additional references).
- If a person of a story prefers to use another title rather than the title Dr., writers will defer to the preference of the subject (e.g., professor).
- Note, in this instance, Waterloo does not follow the CP Style for the use of Dr. in our stories and news releases.
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