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Rights and Protections for Our Transgender Community

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New York State Human Rights Law and UB policy provide protections for UB's transgender students, employees and community members.  

A Safe and Inclusive Environment

Under Title IX and UB's Discrimination and Harassment Policy, UB is required to take action to respond effectively to any reports of harassment against members of our transgender community.  You have a right to learn and to work in an environment that is free from harassment based on your gender identity and gender expression.  

Use of Facilities

You have the right to use restroom and changing room facilities that correspond to your gender identity.  No one is permitted to deny you access to a restroom or changing facility based on your gender identity, or to harass you for using the facility.  No one can require you to use a single-occupant/gender-inclusive restroom instead of the restroom of your choice.

The Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) will work with departments to provide accommodations when a multi-use facility such as a locker room is not a welcoming option.  

Chosen Name and Pronouns

We understand that having others use your chosen name and pronouns is essential to feeling welcome and included.  UB's Working Group for Transgender Inclusion is currently in the process of examining UB's systems and policies to enable students to have their chosen names appear seamlessly in places such as class rosters.  Until this process is finalized, EDI can assist in communicating with instructors and staff to ensure that they understand and use your chosen name. EDI can also step in if there are situations where a UB employee refuses to acknowledge or recognize your chosen name and pronouns.

UB employees may contact EDI or Human Resources for assistance with ensuring their chosen name in employee directories, UBIT name and websites.

Athletics

UB's Division of Athletics has issued an Inclusion Policy of Transgender Student Athletes that mirrors NCAA policy.  This policy clarifies the participation of student-athletes who are undergoing hormonal treatment for gender transition, and the process student-athletes should follow.  The policy also sets expectations of the UB Athletics community in fostering inclusion for transgender athletes.  

If You Need Assistance

Contact EDI if you have questions, would like to report discrimination or need assistance with an accommodation.