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NAIA Bans College Student Athletes

The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics, the governing body for mostly small colleges, announced a new policy that bans transgender women athletes from competing in women's sports. About 190 of the 241 NAIA schools are private, and about 125 of those have religious affiliations of varying degrees.

According to the transgender participation policy, all athletes may participate in NAIA-sponsored male sports but only athletes whose biological sex assigned at birth is female and who have not begun hormone therapy will be allowed to participate in women's sports.

This is the first college association to make a policy that does not allow for a pathway to participation for trans women athletes. The policy is set to go into effect August 1, 2024.

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