Gender in Narrative Evaluations
Why Is This Important?
What is unique about our academic records is the use of pronouns. Being a part of a legal record, the use of pronouns in the narrative must match the gender of record that the student provided to the institution. If a student prefers a different pronoun there are acceptable alternatives for you to choose from listed below.
Commonly agreed upon pronoun alternatives which can be used in Evergreen narrative evaluations:
- Use student name throughout
- Use “the student”
- Singular use of they/their/them
- Using both pronouns without parenthesis – she or he, him/her, herself or himself, his/hers
- Using neutral words like individual or one
- Edit the essay, project, etc., rather than the student. In other words, "Sam wrote an excellent research paper. The paper demonstrated a, b, c qualities. The paper analyzed..."
- Reference the student's legal name and pronouns they use in the introduction of the narrative. For example: "Jennifer uses he/his pronouns, as does this evaluation".
Updating After a Legal Gender Change
When a student provides legal documentation to registration and records as part of a gender change request, staff will re-create the narrative academic record to be consistent with the new gender. All pronouns are changed if requested and self-evaluations are re-signed if applicable.
Learn more about changing gender information.