The University of Alabama at Birmingham has become the latest college in the U.S. to announce it will no longer allow women to wear masks in campus settings.
The move comes just days after the University of Michigan released an executive order banning masks from campus.
In response to the move, a petition to ban the masks has garnered more than 6 million signatures.
“While I’m not an advocate of violence, it is clear that the current policies put in place by our college are discriminatory, and the University has an obligation to respect all of its students,” University of California, Berkeley professor and president Janet Napolitano wrote in a statement.
“I know the university is taking these actions to improve safety for all students, but this is just the latest example of how the Trump administration is trying to restrict the rights of all people, regardless of their faith or race, in this country.”
A spokesperson for the University, which is in Birmingham, told the Associated Press on Friday that “all students should feel free to wear face coverings and other face coverages, but we are not currently permitting the use of masks on campus.”
The decision comes on the heels of the University’s decision to allow men to wear helmets and body armor on campuses, in the wake of the Las Vegas mass shooting.
Earlier this month, University of Connecticut president Julie Herman announced that her university was also removing face coverers from all classrooms.