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Columbia Updates Gender-Based Misconduct Policy To Explicitly Support Trans Students

Earlier tonight, Columbia updated its Gender-based Misconduct Policy to include “threats or non-consensual disclosure of a person’s gender identity or that a person is transgender or non-binary”. In other words, outing a student as trans or gender non-conforming, or otherwise harassing a student for their gender identity or expression, is now recognized as a form of gender-based misconduct and can be punishable as such. This policy change is a significant victory for the safety and security of trans and nonbinary students at Columbia.

The change is also a victory for No Red Tape, as it was one of the demands made in the group’s Title IX demand letter last March. In a recent statement on Facebook, NRT thanked one hundred on- and off-campus groups who helped draft and sign the demand letter for their support.

Screenshot of the updated policy

 

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  • Better scenario: says:

    @Better scenario: Carol is hitting on my very drunk friend at a party. He’s borderline with respect to consent, but I know that he is not interested in trans women. He’s about to leave with Carol, and I tell him, hey, you know Carol’s trans right?

    BOOM!!! EXPELLED!

    All because I warned my friend about a chick with a dick?

    Fucked up.

    1. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous Transphobia isn’t bystander intervention. And if demonstrating your complete lack of knowledge about what being trans means is the best thing you can think of in a potential sexual assault situation, Columbia seriously owes you your tuition dollars back.

      1. Out of curiosity says:

        @Out of curiosity What’s the ROI on that Gender Studies degree *your* tuition dollars bought you?

        1. Anonymous says:

          @Anonymous Not majoring in Gender Studies. Thanks for asking, though!

  • Outing? says:

    @Outing? Are you fucking kidding me?

    Scenario:

    Suppose my friend Carol and I are hanging out at Mel’s, and she tells me she’s trans. I have no idea she’s not out. In a discussion on trans issues with another friend, Sam, I casually mention that I have a friend, Carol, who happens to be trans … yadda yadda yadda … Now I’M IN TROUBLE??

    Bullshit rule. Sorry, but if you don’t want people to know something, don’t tell anyone. That’s what I live by — Don’t tell anyone anything you don’t want anyone else to know. Once it’s out, it’s out. Why the fuck am I responsible for YOUR secret.

    Personal responsibility everyone — ever hear of it?

    1. Missed the mark there. says:

      @Missed the mark there. You could ask your friend Carol if she’s out; as your friend, if she’s comfortable enough to tell you she’s trans, she’ll be comfortable enough to tell you if she wants that to be public. You could also just say you have a trans friend. You don’t have to use Carol’s name. I don’t get your point.

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous This is why deplorables fear Obamacare is all about sexuality, abortion, euthanasia and mind control

    1. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous Relevance?

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous For all the shit NRT gets from everyone, this is pretty cool.

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