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UNM considers revisions to make policies gender-neutral

Kassi Nelson
November 08, 2017 07:14 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- Freshman year at any university can be a little daunting, and the concerns of students transitioning to another gender may take some unique consideration.

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"If you’re worrying about are they going to misgender me? Are they going to call me by the wrong name? You know if that’s all you’re focused on, then how do you focus on getting an A in your class," LGBTQ Resource Center Education Coordinator Frankie Flores said.

That’s why the University of New Mexico has added details to an existing policy designed to make sure every person on campus is treated with dignity, including those from the transgender community.

Flores broke down the policy revisions for KOB on Wednesday. First, the student will have the right to be called the name of their choice and the pronoun that fits with how they identify.

He said they’ve had some professors in the past not honor the names some students have asked to be called because it doesn’t match the name they were given at birth. Students would be able to register on a university website so their preferred name shows up on their student ID without having to change it legally.

"We had a student who turned in a final with the Lobo ID and the T.A. said, 'No, this isn’t you,' and accused them of academic dishonesty," Flores said.

Single stall bathrooms around campus would be gender-neutral and labeled "universal." Flores said it's all about inclusion and respecting the diverse student population.

"So when we do things like this we are making sure that our trans community knows there are spaces for them where they are honored and accepted," he said.

All the policies are open for public comment now until the end of the month. The changes on gender identity can be found under Draft Policy 2720: Prohibited Discrimination. UNM’s president will have the final say on what’s approved.

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