MINOT, N.D. — The University of North Dakota was considering a draft policy that would have punished misgendering and allowed the use of even facilities as sensitive as locker rooms based on the declared gender of an individual.
Now the institution isn’t.
“As a result of the recent discussions and because existing policies already provide equal opportunity protections to all of our campus members, UND will cease its work on this draft policy and will not implement it,” President Andrew Armacost said in a statement announcing the news .
This was the right call, for a number of reasons. It can’t have been an easy decision for Armacost, and I suspect the cynics will see this as UND caving to socially conservative interests who were critical of the policy, but this outcome is what best serves the institution.