NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WGGB) – Today a group of Smith College students delivered a petition with more than 4,000 signatures to members of the school administration asking they reconsider their decision to decline admission to a transgender student.
The college normally accepts transgender students as long as they are legally identified as female.
In this case however, the student was identified as male on the financial aid application.
Several students we spoke to say they are frustrated with the decision but add the administration’s response is encouraging.
Freshman and coordinator Sarah Fraas told ABC40, “When this all kind of blew up, I felt really disillusioned with this feminist wonderland college that I thought I was going to go to. I guess working with the administration, has ironically made me feel a little better about it, because they have been receptive to change.”
“I think that it’s been really, really important that we have students going in and talking with them, because it’s allowing for the input to be very proactive and keeping with Smith’s ideals to be a woman’s space for all women,” says Freshman Emily Coffin who also helped coordinate getting the petition in.
A spokeswoman for the college, Kristen Cole, says the administration appreciates students expressing their opinions.
She adds this is an evolving issue.