Q&A requests that Smith adopt the following policy for consideration of applications from transgender persons:
Should there be inconsistent/non-female gender markers or ambiguity about how an applicant identifies her gender, Smith admissions may request supplemental documentation from the applicant to confirm that the applicant has a female gender identity. Documentation may include letters of support or explanation from medical or mental health providers, school administrators, teachers, guidance counselor, social workers, advisors, clergy, family, employer, etc. The documentation is for the purpose of ensuring that the applicant is not asserting that she has a female gender identity for any improper purpose. Any documentation confirming that the applicant asserts a female gender identity in most areas of her life shall be acceptable as confirmation that the student is female and eligible for consideration for admission to Smith College.
Smith admissions will not consider financial aid/FAFSA documents when evaluating an applicant for consistent gender markers. Additionally:
1. Smith College will provide consistent support to trans women applicants throughout the application process and provide them with transparent information about policy and an equal opportunity for acceptance regardless of medical and legal transition status.
2. Smith College administrators will openly publish a statement on a visible page of the admissions website with the current admissions policy regarding trans women applicants before new application cycle.
3. Smith College will create an affirmative, transparent policy regarding trans women applicants and will make it readily accessible on the Smith website. Additionally, Smith College admissions staff will be welcoming and knowledgeable about issues that trans women applicants may face and provide assistance in the application process.
4. Smith will facilitate the creation of an alumnae scholarship fund for trans women applicants.
5. Our new president, President Kathleen McCartney, will be present at a panel hosted by Q&A for trans women and student organizers to discuss the problem of trans exclusion from women’s colleges in the Spring of 2013.
6. Once students are admitted, preferred name will be used on OneCard, directory, Moodle, email, Bannerweb, graduation materials, and all other Smith documentation.
7. Smith College will make available on-request a semesterly report about the number of openly trans women who have applied and the number who have been accepted, while preserving anonymity.
8. This outline will be seriously considered by administrators and responded to with a full, point-by-point written report of how each demand will be implemented, or why specifically it has been denied. This report would be in service of clarity and honesty for both Q&A and the administration. The administration will create a committee on trans* policy that meets monthly (similarly to the Diversity Committee or Sustainability Committee). This committee will consist of members of all RCSG Orgs who want to send a representative, a member of admissions, a dean, members of the Smith faculty, and an Area Coordinator. Additionally, Smith will provide a progress report on these demands each semester.
We believe that these demands are essential for a safe and inclusive environment at Smith and for the college to continue its historical mission of educating women and tradition of standing at the forefront of women’s issues.