Hopkinsville Community College has removed a policy prohibiting LGBTQ students from using bathrooms, locker rooms and other facilities that align with their gender identity.
The policy was posted on the school’s website on Thursday.
The announcement comes as more than a dozen states have passed laws to allow transgender students to use the facilities that correspond with their preferred gender identity, including a law in Indiana that went into effect in July.
Indiana law bans discrimination based on gender identity or expression, but a 2014 Indiana Supreme Court ruling struck down the law because it did not allow a student to change their name or gender identity without first undergoing a medically unnecessary physical and psychological procedure.
In an email to The Associated Press on Friday, the college said the policy “removes any barrier to full participation in the community college and its activities.”
It said the change was not a result of an official policy change.
Hopsville Community Colleges said in a statement that it had decided to remove the policy.
“Our commitment to inclusion and to the well-being of our students has always been a top priority for our leadership,” the statement said.
The college also noted that the policy does not apply to any staff or students who are currently working or enrolled.
In the letter, the school said it has had discussions with LGBTQ students and staff and is working with the Indiana Human Rights Commission on a proposed policy.
Hills Community College, which is located in Hays County, is one of a handful of community colleges in Indiana where transgender students can access private rooms and facilities.
A student can use the room, locker room and other amenities of their choice, but not bathrooms.
The student must then wait at least one day before they can use those facilities again.