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New York City’s Barnard College may adopt transgender student policy

New York City’s Barnard College may adopt transgender student policy

NEW YORK — 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 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.

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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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