Scholarly writers must aim to use language that is free of bias. At Baker College as well as at other institutions of higher learning, we must avoid perpetuating prejudicial beliefs or demeaning attitudes in our written work.
The American Psychological Association (APA) has developed and provided a number of important resources and documents to help writers understand the definition of biased language and how to avoid using it.
According to the APA, "The guidelines for bias-free language contain both general guidelines for writing about people without bias across a range of topics and specific guidelines that address the individual characteristics of age, disability, gender, participation in research, racial and ethnic identity, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, and intersectionality."
You will find links to resources to reduce bias in writing below.