All 64 campuses in the State University of New York system will update their policies to permit students to use names other than those on their birth certificates and pronouns other than those associated with their gender as assigned at birth in all official institutional communication, New York governor Kathy Hochul announced Wednesday. That includes on campus portals, class rosters, student email lists and diplomas.
The change, made at the direction of the SUNY Board of Trustees and announced during Pride Month, aims to ensure that the identities of transgender, nonbinary and gender nonconforming students are fully accepted and respected on campus.
In addition, SUNY students will now have the option of choosing “X” whenever they are asked to provide their gender. That follows Hochul’s recent decision to allow New Yorkers to represent their gender with an “X” on state driver’s licenses and ID cards.
“Every person, regardless of their gender identity or the name they choose to go by, deserves to have identity documentation that reflects who they are,” Hochul said in a statement. “This historic change by the SUNY system is a victory in our ongoing fight to ensure that New York is a place of love and belonging. My administration remains committed to taking the steps necessary to ensure equality and respect for the LGBTQIA+ community.”