Southern Methodist University has issued a new statement of nondiscrimination. The previous policy covered sexual orientation but not gender identity and expression. The new policy reads:
SMU will not discriminate in any employment practice, education program, or educational activity on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, genetic information, or veteran status. SMU’s commitment to equal opportunity includes nondiscrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity and expression.
The policy reportedly went into effect on Jan. 1 after being approved in December. SMU is believed to be the first four-year university in North Texas with a fully inclusive policy. For the first time in several years, SMU was not included in the Princeton Review’s 2012 list of most homophobic campuses.
Dallas County Community College added gender identity and expression to its nondiscrimination policy last year.
Representatives from SMU couldn’t immediately be reached for comment on the change.