All-male Morehouse College to start accepting trans students

An all-male, historically black college in Atlanta, Georgia, will start admitting some transgender students in 2020.

Morehouse College announced that it will begin to accept transgender men, but not trans women.

“In a rapidly changing world that includes a better understanding of gender identity, we’re proud to expand our admissions policy to consider trans men who want to be part of an institution that has produced some of the greatest leaders in social justice, politics, business, and the arts for more than 150 years,” Terrance Dixon, Morehouse’s vice president for enrollment management, said in a statement.

“The ratification of this policy affirms the college’s commitment to develop men with disciplined minds who will lead lives of leadership and service.”

Students who identify as non-binary or gender non-conforming are also eligible for admission.

However, the college has outlined that all students are expected to self-identify as men throughout their education at Morehouse.

The college added that if a student transitions from a man to a woman, they will no longer be eligible to matriculate.

“Exemptions from this rule may be granted by a three-person committee appointed by the President after a written appeal is submitted by the student,” according to the college.

“In the event that the impacted student disagrees with the decision of the committee, the student may make a final appeal to the President of Morehouse.”

Graves Hall, Morehouse College (Wiki Commons)

The Gender Identity Policy reads: “If a student decides that, as a men’s college, Morehouse no longer offers the appropriate educational environment for the student, or if an enrolled student begins to self-identify as a woman, we will offer guidance and resources to assist in making choices that are best for that student.”

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