Students sitting exams at Oxford University must wear formal dress: skirts and stockings or suits and bow ties. Formerly, female students were required to wear the skirts and stockings, and male students the suits and bow ties. But trans* students may still be registered with their previous gender, and would therefore be required to cross-dress back as their previous gender while sitting exams. This, understandably, added stress to an already stressful situation.
After a petition from the students’ LGBT Soc, the regulations have been changed to make no reference to gender.
The Guardian‘s reporting of this is positive, but does include some awkward and inaccurate phrasing around trans* issues:
If a transgender student wanted to wear subfusc of the opposite sex they had to seek special dispensation from university proctors, who had the power to punish those who breached the rules.
Presumably trans* students faced problems when they wanted to dress as their own sex, because in many cases they were still registered as being the opposite sex. (I’m not actually very fond of the phrase “opposite sex” either, given that there are more than two genders, but it’ll have to do.)