Stephens College — a traditionally women-only college in Columbia, Missouri, founded around 1833 — will now admit men who identify as women.
What are the details?
According to Inside Higher Ed, the school has announced that its administration will "admit and enroll students who were not born female, but who identify and live as women."
Transgender women "will need to provide legal documentation that they are legally women or that they are transitioning to female," according to the school's policy.
The policy does not specify or define what it means to live as a woman.
Contrarily, biological women who believe that they are men will not be permitted to attend the school, despite being biologically female.
The policy states, "Because the College has expanded its definition of womanhood to include both sex and gender, it is logically inconsistent that it also acknowledges both sex and gender in its definition of manhood.
"As a result," the policy adds, "the College will stop admitting and enrolling students who were born female but who now identify as men or who are transitioning from female to male."
The policy does not specify how it will determine whether a biological woman feels that she is a man, or vice versa.
Also, the school will admit students who were born female and "who identify as nonbinary, meaning students who experience their gender identity as falling outside the categories of man and woman."
The College will not, however, admit students who identify as nonbinary, but "who are transitioning to male."
The college has apparently been considering the move since 2014.
According to the school's website, "The Obama administration issues new administrative rules/guidance, defining 'gender identity' as an individual's 'internal sense of being male or female,' and defining a transgender person as someone 'with a gender identity that is different from the sex assigned them at birth.'
"It asserts that transgender students are protected from gender discrimination under Title IX (backed by a 2016 statement by the Justice Dept.)," the website continues.
These actions led "women's colleges to begin exploring the legal issues related to the admittance (or not) of transgender students," the school's website says.
The new policy will go into effect in fall 2019, the college said in a statement. Students who were admitted before fall 2019 will not be affected.