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University of Alabama Gives Men Access to Women's Bathrooms

08-15-2016

The University of South Alabama will allow men who identify as female to go into women's bathrooms and changing facilities starting this fall.

Students and faculty received an email from the schools Title IX coordinator, Krista Harrell, explaining that the school will comply with the federal Title IX transgender bathroom directive enforced by the Obama administration earlier this year.

"The University of South Alabama allows individuals to use the restroom or changing facility that is consistent with their gender identity," Harrell wrote in the email on Aug. 5.

Although Alabama and 12 other states are suing the Obama administration over the directive, the new policy, will go into effect on Monday, Aug. 15.

The policy will apply to all university employees, students, staff, and visitors on every campus and satellite property.

University of South Alabama's director of Communications and Media Relations, Bob Lowry, told The Christian Post that students will be able to receive full reimbursement for tuition and housing if they choose to leave the university.

One female student expressed concern over the policy and told The Christian Post that Harrell's email did not specify how the policy would be enforced.

"I think they are going to have confusion on things. One thing I got confused on with the email is it said the bathrooms would be open to transgender people but it didn't really address the people who feel like a girl one day and a boy the next day," the student, who chose to remain unnamed, said. "What are they going to do about that? That is what I want to know."

"You don't know what these people are actually thinking," she added. "They might just decide to use the ruse to get into the girls' bathroom."

According to the South Alabama gender inclusion FAQ page, "there is no rule that a person must look a certain way to use a certain restroom."

"This kind of 'gender policing' is harmful," the FAQ page states. "Individuals should not have to dress or groom in a way that conforms to someone else's gender standards."

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