Addressing the elephant in the room

Princeton students can choose any—or every—gender identity

y: Matthew Penza/ New Jersey Campus Correspondant

What hope is their for an IVY LEAGUE STUDENT that needs 5 freaking choices when God gave us 2

• Princeton University now allows its students to record their gender identity—or identities—in official university records.
• The choices include “Cisgender,” “Genderqueer/gender non-conform[ing],” “Trans/transgender,” “Man,” “Woman,” and “Other,” and students may select multiple options if they wish.

Princeton University now allows its students to record their gender identity—or identities—in official university records.

In a recent update to TigerHub, the university’s student services interface, administrators have added an optional form entitled “Update Gender Identity.”

“You may select multiple gender identities.”   

Upon opening the form, students are presented several gender identities to choose from, including “Cisgender,” “Genderqueer/gender non-conform[ing],” “Trans/transgender,” “Man,” “Woman,” and “Other,” the last of which allows students to fill in any phrase as their gender identity.

Multiple options may be selected simultaneously. For example, one may select “Man,” “Woman,” and “Cisgender” together.

The form states that “[y]our gender identity is confidential and is not generally available,” but does not indicate how the information will be used.

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The new form was apparently added unannounced; at the time of publication, there was no statement regarding it published on Princeton’s website, nor was there any notification emailed to students. The exact date when the update was made is not clear.

Neither the Office of the Registrar nor the media inquiries office responded to Campus Reform‘s request for comment.

[RELATED: App State requests gender-inclusivity disclaimer on papers]

As previously reported by Campus Reform, Princeton’s Office of Human Resources issued guidelines last fall for “gender-inclusive language in official HR communications, policies, job descriptions, and job postings.”

Following nation-wide backlash against the policy, Princeton redacted several portions of the guidelines. While it blamed the controversy on “misinterpretation and incorrect media reporting,” the school nevertheless “streamlined the guidelines to eliminate any misunderstanding of their purpose and scope.”

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