Umm, yeah, kinda confusing.
NEW YORK (AP) — Barnard College has decided to admit transgender women, becoming the latest women’s college to issue a new policy acknowledging the fluidity and complexity of gender.
The policy, announced Thursday, says Barnard will consider applicants “who consistently live and identify as women.” That excludes transgender men, or applicants born female but identifying as male. The decision is an attempt to balance Barnard’s identity as a women’s college with what the school calls “recognition of our changing world and an evolving understanding of gender identity.”
Though it won’t consider transgender men for admission, the school announced it would still give its full support to any student who makes such a transition while enrolled.
The decision makes Barnard the last of the traditional Seven Sisters colleges to update their admissions policies. In the last nine months or so, each school has come up with a slightly different formula. Over a period of several months, President Debora Spar led five town halls and one virtual town hall for students, faculty or alumni, and conducted an online survey that drew more than 900 responses.