Local newspaper article gives window in Mount Holyoke's trans applicant policy

06 Apr 2013 12:16 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
Mount Holyoke College, a private women’s college in South Hadley, only admits students who are legally women, according to Lynn Pasquerella, president of the college. She said that the college relies on applicants to tell the school their gender.

Pasquerella said that while Mount Holyoke seeks to be as inclusive as possible, the college believes that if they admitted transwomen, they would run afoul of Title IX, which prohibits sex discrimination but has an exception for single-sex colleges.

“We’re constrained by the law,” Pasquerella said. “If someone is not legally female, we can’t admit them and keep our federal funding.”

Pasquerella said that Mount Holyoke is discussing the implications of transgender students with other women’s colleges.

“We are first and foremost committed to being a women’s college,” she said.

The admissions policy at Mount Holyoke has not been challenged by any applicants, Pasquerella said.

Read the whole article here: http://www.gazettenet.com/home/5274688-95/smith-college-students-transgender

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