Second oldest US women's college to accept transgender students

America's second-oldest all-women's college will begin accepting some transgender students.

Stephens College in Missouri adopted a new admissions policy that will allow it to admit transgender women, but not transgender men, according to Inside Higher Ed.

"The college’s undergraduate residential women’s program will continue to admit and enroll students who are women and who live as women, just as it always has,” the new policy says.

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“It will also admit and enroll students who were not born female, but who identify and live as women; those students will need to provide legal documentation that they are legally women or that they are transitioning to female.”

The college said it "has expanded its definition of womanhood to include both sex and gender."

Several women’s colleges have been changing their policies over the years, including Stephens College, which has been considering the move since 2014, according to local news outlet KOMU 8.

The college announced its decision to students and faculty through an email.

The policy will go into effect for students who are admitted or readmitted at the beginning of the Autumn 2019 semester. The change will not impact students who are already enrolled.

The decision to change its policy was unanimous, the school said in the announcement.