Westminster College out of Utah has announced that it will allow men who identify as women to play on female sports teams and use their locker rooms.
In an email obtained by Campus Reform, the school’s Title IX coordinator, Jason Schwartz, explains the new policy change, basing its reasoning on the Obama Administration’s recent Dear Colleague Letter.
“On May 13, 2016, the Office for Civil Rights of the U.S. Department of Education issued a Dear Colleague Letter on Transgender Students,” he wrote. “Westminster College is committed to protecting the rights of all students, and the purpose of this message to inform you of the newly-affirmed rights of transgender students under the DCL.”
Among those “newly-affirmed rights” of students, he continues, are both “the right to access restrooms and locker rooms consistent with their gender identity” and “the right to participate in athletic activities consistent with their gender identity.”
Schwartz does note, though, that certain cases would require more discretion, such as instances in which it could be unsafe to play on a sports team of the opposite sex.
“In cases where selection for teams is competitive or when the activity involved is a contact sport, Westminster College will make tailored requirements based on sound, current, and research-based medical knowledge about the impact of an individual student’s participation on the competitive fairness or physical safety of the sport,” he explains.