NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 24: L.G.B.T. activists and their supporters rally in support of transgender people on the steps of New York City Hall, October 24, 2018 in New York City. The group gathered to speak out against the Trump administration's stance toward transgender people. Last week, The New York Times reported on an unreleased administration memo that proposes a strict biological definition of gender based on a person's genitalia at birth. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — A private Missouri women’s college is changing its admissions policy to accept transgender women and nonbinary students assigned female at birth.
The Columbia Missourian reported Wednesday that the new policy at Stephens College in Columbia takes effect in fall 2019.
The policy requires prospective students to provide legal documentation that they live and identify as women.
The college also no longer will admit applicants who were born female and now identify as male or are transitioning to male. The same applies to students who are nonbinary but transitioning to male.
Students who begin transitioning after they’re enrolled will be allowed to finish their current semester.
The policy doesn’t apply to students admitted before fall 2019.
A statement from the college says it’s evolving as the world’s understanding of womanhood changes.