The NCAA announced Monday that it will begin regulating the use of transgender athletes as members of the team pool and that players who are not able to play in a team sport because of their gender identity will not be able to compete at the college level.
The NCAA also announced that it would start to provide transgender students with access to a gender-neutral locker room for locker room purposes.
NCAA President Mark Emmert said that while it will take some time to adjust to this new rule, “it is essential that we do so in a way that respects the dignity and privacy of transgender students and their families.”
Emmert also said that schools should offer transgender students the option to wear a uniform, which has not yet been implemented at many schools.
The announcement comes just days after Emmers office sent letters to more than 100 transgender and gender non-conforming students in response to the Justice Department’s ruling.
In those letters, the NCAA said that it has no policy regarding transgender students in sports.
Emmett also said in the announcement that the NCAA has a “significant responsibility to provide our student-athletes with the opportunity to participate in their athletic programs with dignity and respect.”
In the wake of the Supreme Court’s ruling, the National Collegiate Athletic Association and the National Association of High School Football Coaches also announced they would begin requiring teams to use a team pool that is gender neutral.
The two groups said they would “allow players of all genders and orientations to participate and compete in team sports, regardless of their actual gender identity.”
This is an updated version of a story that first appeared on POLITICO Live on June 22, 2019.