The University of New Hampshire has removed from its website a "bias-free language guide" that deemed the word "American" problematic because it fails to recognize South America.

The guide was developed in 2013 by several advocacy groups whose members are appointed by the university president. But President Mark Huddleston, who was unaware of the guide until it was criticized in the media this week, said Wednesday that it was not campus policy and that he was offended by many of its entries.

Until Thursday, the guide was posted on a UNH website detailing the university's efforts to create an inclusive, diverse and equitable community. The authors said it was meant to encourage critical thinking about commonly used terms.