A public university in the United Kingdom has refused to allow a researcher to look into cases of people who regretted having gender reassignment surgery and transitioned back to living as their birth sex. The university says such a study “may be detrimental to the reputation of the institution,” according to a report. James Caspian, a psychotherapist, proposed to do the study for a master’s degree in counseling and psychotherapy at Bath Spa University but was refused permission, according to The Sunday Times.

The university explained that the potentially “politically incorrect” research could be criticized on the internet and thereby harm the reputation of the institution. Bath Spa is violating “the most basic tenets of academic and intellectual freedom of inquiry,” Caspian, who specializes in therapy for transgender people, tells the Times. READ MORE