Rights and Protections for Our Transgender Community

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.  Students who wish to use a first or middle name that is different from their legal name can enter a preferred name into HUB, and this name will appear in the following systems:

  • Digication (ePortfolio)
  • HUB Administrative Access (Student Services Center)
  • HUB Faculty Center — Class Rosters
  • HUB Faculty Center — Grade Rosters
  • HUB Student Center
  • SmartEval (Course Evaluation)
  • SSC Campus (Early Alert System)
  • UBlearns

To enter a preferred name, please visit the Office of the Registrar preferred name webpage

UB is required to use legal names on official documents, including bills,financial aid documents, parking tickets,1098-T Tax Forms, diplomas, transcripts, immigration documents, and medical records.  Additionally, there are some places - such as UB Cards and university-wide directories - where additional changes are being implemented to incorporate use of preferred names. 

UB employees who require the use of a preferred name as a transgender acommodation may contact EDI or Human Resources for assistance with ensuring their chosen name in employee directories, UBIT name, and websites.  Currently, the SUNY HR system (used by UB as well as other SUNY campuses) does not have the functionality to allow use of employee preferred names.

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.