Policy on Transgender Issues

Hollins University is a women’s college offering a distinctive undergraduate program for women, supported and confirmed by its mission statement. In order to matriculate into the university, an undergraduate student must be a female. The conferring of a Hollins undergraduate degree is limited to those who are women.

Within that framework, the Hollins community welcomes diversity within its student body and community. Students’ needs vary widely and university administrators, faculty, staff, and students strive to support all university students.

Transgender is an umbrella term used to describe people who have gender identities, gender expressions, and/or gendered behaviors not traditionally associated with their birth sex.

In an effort to recognize and honor the choices of individual students, the university considers sex reassignment to have occurred when an undergraduate student “self identifies” as a male and initiates any of the following processes:

1)  undergoes hormone therapy with the intent to transform anatomically from female to male; 2) undergoes any surgical process (procedure) to transform from female to male; or, 3) changes legal name with the intent of identifying as a man.

If an undergraduate student transitions from female to male before attaining 64 academic credit hours, the student will be able to remain at the university through the end of the semester in which the student achieves the 64 academic credit hour threshold. Most college and university graduation requirements include the completion of half of the student’s academic credits at the institution; thus, the 64 credit hour limit is intended to support the student’s transfer to and success at another university.

If a student transitions from female to male after having already attained 64 academic credit hours, the student will be able to remain at the institution through the end of the semester in which the student initiates the transition process.

In either case, the university will assist the student in transferring to another institution.

Applicants to the undergraduate program who have completed the surgical process to transition from male to female and legal transformation from male to female will be evaluated for acceptance to the undergraduate program on the same basis as other women candidates.

This policy applies to all undergraduate students. However, if the undergraduate student is a residential student and chooses to transition from female to male as defined above, the administration reserves the right, based on the best interest of the student and the university community, to decide if the student will be permitted to continue living in university housing. If applicable, all reasonable efforts will be made to assist the student in finding appropriate housing accommodations.

Circumstances that invoke the terms of this policy will be considered by the vice president for student affairs and dean of students. Decisions by the vice president for student affairs and dean of students are directly appealable to the president of the university or his or her designee.

Recognizing the changing landscape as it pertains to individuals on the gender spectrum, this policy may be reviewed and/or updated.

Questions? Contact Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students Patty O’Toole.