Non-Discrimination Policy
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Non-Discrimination Policy

Converse College is an independent, privately-supported institution committed to providing a high-quality education to qualified students regardless of race, color, creed, religion, sexual orientation, disability, age, national or ethnic origin, veteran status, genetic information, or any other status protected by applicable federal, state, or local law unless allowed by law and deemed necessary to the administration of the College’s educational programs or operations. This policy applies to all of the College’s operations, including but not limited to, the administration of all educational, athletic, financial and employment activities. The College’s policies comply with the requirements of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and all other applicable federal, state, and local statutes, regulations, and guidelines. For more information, call the director of human resources: (864) 596-9029.

At the heart of Converse College is a women’s college which offers a distinctive undergraduate program for women. The College recognizes the needs of students vary widely and administrators, faculty, staff and students do their best to support all Converse students. Transgender describes those individuals whose gender identity is different from the sex they were assigned at birth. Gender identity refers to an individual’s internal sense of gender which may be different from or the same as the person’s sex assigned at birth.

If a currently enrolled, undergraduate student in the women’s college initiates sex reassignment from female to male (as defined by the College below) at any point during enrollment in the women’s college at Converse, the student will not be permitted to continue attending the undergraduate women’s program at Converse beyond the conclusion of the term in which Converse determines that sex reassignment has occurred.

The College considers sex reassignment to have occurred when an undergraduate student “self identifies” as male and initiates any of the following processes: 1) hormone therapy with the intent to transform from female to male, 2) any surgical process (procedure) to transform from female to male, or 3) legally changes state or federal gender identity with the intent of identifying as male.

If sex reassignment (as defined above) occurs during any academic term, the administration reserves the right, based on the best interest of the student and the College community, to decide if the student will be permitted to continue living in college housing for the remainder of that term.
Circumstances that invoke the terms of this policy will be considered by the Dean of Community Life. Decisions by the Dean of Community Life are directly appealable to the President of the College or his or her designee.

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

Revised January 27, 2017