NYC's Barnard may adopt transgender student policy

By The Associated Press | Posted - Dec. 13, 2014 at 7:52 a.m.



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NEW YORK (AP) — New York's Barnard College is the latest women's college to consider adopting a formal policy for transgender students.

The New York Times reports (http://nyti.ms/1xdPQ1u ) that Barnard President Debora Spar addressed the question in a letter to students this week.

Spar said the time has come for the all-female institution to examine how it defines "women."

At issue is how to view applications from students who are born male but identify as female or fluid.

Spar wrote that Barnard currently considers applications from transgender students on a case-by-case basis.

Other women's colleges around the U.S. have been revisiting policies regarding transgender students in recent years.

Some schools allow applicants to select "transgender" as a third option for gender or let them write a short essay about their gender identity.

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