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Oxford University changes dress code for transgender students
by Staff Writer, PinkNews.co.uk
29 July 2012, 9:04pm
Transgender students at Oxford University will be permitted to wear
formal dress appropriate to their new sex.
The institution has changed its strict dress code for students taking
exams or attending formal events after a campus LGBT group intervened.
The changes, which come into force this week, mean that trans women
will be permitted to wear skirts and trans men will be permitted to
wear suits, jackets and ties.
Jess Pumphrey, the LGBTQ Soc’s executive officer, said the change will
make exam time and formal events significantly less stressful for
She told The Oxford Student newspaper: “In future there will be no
need for transgender students to cross-dress to avoid being confronted
by invigilators or disciplined during their exam.”
An Oxford University spokesperson said: “The regulations have been
amended to remove any reference to gender, in response to concerns
raised by Oxford University Student Union that the existing
regulations did not serve the interests of transgender students.”
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