Universities in Calgary investigating options for gender neutral applications
University of Calgary and Mount Royal University are investigating options for gender neutral applications.
Just last month, The University of Alberta, introduced the third gender option on paper applications. This option will be available on the 2016-17 applications.
When the third gender option “Another/Prefer not to disclose” is selected in an application the student will be recorded as having no gender information in Bear Tracks.
University of Calgary is considering following U of A’s footsteps. Angelique Saweczko, Registrar at the University of Calgary, wrote in a statement, “The University of Calgary is aware of the need for students to self-select their gender and is investigating the option of adding a third option beyond the current male/female categories.”
Currently, Mount Royal University is also actively discussing another option for gender other than male and female.
“We are actively discussing gender diversity in relation to our student information systems. In the process, we are consulting with post-secondaries in Canada and the United States about best practices. As reflected in our institutional strategic plan, Mount Royal University strongly believes in fostering an inclusive learning environment for all students, employees and community members,” says Phil Warsaba, Associate Vice-President, Enrolment Management for Mount Royal University.
Although both universities have yet to concretely decide on anything, having a third gender option is a definite possibility in the future.