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Letter to HHS on Proposed Definition of Sex

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Letter to HHS on Proposed Definition of Sex

November 29, 2018

​​ACE and 28 other higher education associations sent this letter to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to express concern about a proposal under consideration by the agency to narrowly define sex as determined at birth and unchangeable. 

The organizations write that the proposed definition would exclude the identities of numerous faculty, staff, and students and could cause uncertainty about protections afforded to transgender and gender non-binary individuals on campuses under federal, state, and local law. The letter urges HHS not to attempt to go through with this proposal. 

In addition to ACE, the following associations signed the letter :

  • ACPA-College Student Educators International
  • ACT
  • American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education
  • American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers
  • American Association of Community Colleges
  • American Association of State Colleges and Universities
  • American College Health Association
  • American Dental Education Association
  • APPA, Leadership in Educational Facilities
  • Association of American Colleges and Universities
  • Association of American Medical Colleges
  • Association of American Universities
  • Association of Community College Trustees
  • Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges
  • Association of Public and Land-grant Universities
  • College and University Professional Association for Human Resources
  • Council for Advancement and Support of Education
  • Council of Graduate Schools
  • NAFSA: Association of International Educators
  • NASPA - Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education
  • National Association for College Admission Counseling
  • National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education
  • National Association of Colleges and Employers
  • National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities
  • The College Board
  • The Common Application


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