Stanford University announced this semester that male students are banned from the university gym twice a week in order to promote “inclusivity.”
The prestigious Stanford University has introduced a new policy that bans male students from the campus gym for two hours on Mondays and Wednesdays. University of Michigan-Flint professor Mark Perry has filed a civil rights complaint against Stanford over the practice.
According to the Stanford website, the women’s only gym access takes place on Mondays and Wednesdays from 1:00 – 3:00 PM. Trans-females are welcome to participate in the women’s only hours.
Stanford Recreation & Wellness is proud to offer an opportunity for a women’s-only training environment. This is a trans-inclusive space.
Train on your own, with a friend, or in a group during Women’s Only Training in our private personal training studio, AOERC 112, located at the Arrillaga Outdoor Education & Recreation Center. Women’s Only Training is FREE to join and no prior experience is necessary.
The decision was made based on survey feedback from female students who said they “didn’t feel comfortable in large gym spaces.”
Jennifer Sexton, the director of fitness and wellness at Stanford, explained that the new program allows female students to feel comfortable while exercising at the Stanford gym. “We created it to make a place where women and trans women at any level would feel comfortable working out,” Sexton said.
Stanford’s “Fundamental Standard” policy ensures that no student will be discriminated against on the basis of their sex. “Students are expected to respect and uphold the rights and dignity of others regardless of race, color, national or ethnic origin, sex, age, disability, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, or socio-economic status,” the policy reads.
Adam Behrendt, the President of Stanford’s Undergraduate Veterans Association, condemned Stanford over their introduction of the new gym policy. He also expressed concern earlier this year after Stanford refused to add military veterans to the text of the “Fundamental Standard.”
“Identity politics are disgusting in general, but it’s especially sad when a University as reputable as Stanford will openly discriminate against men ‘to be more inclusive of women’ while simultaneously denying veterans even visible affirmation in their guiding document,” Behrendt wrote.