Gender Identity Resources
Our office can also assist members of our community with supportive measures surrounding gender identity. If you have any questions, need assistance, or are interested in supportive measures that are not covered by the materials below, please feel free to reach out to our office at (513) 556-3349 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Notice of Non-Discrimination
Per UC's Notice of Non-Discrimination, "The university reaffirms its policy that discrimination and harassment on the basis of age, ancestry, color, disability, gender identity and/or expression, genetic information, military status (including veteran status), national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, parental status (including status as a foster parent), pregnancy, or any other status protected by law (collectively, "protected class") are prohibited in any of its activities, programs, admissions, or employment. Furthermore, where past or present discrimination continues to have an adverse impact upon a protected class, the university will take affirmative action in order to carry out its policy of non-discrimination and equal opportunity for all."
Changing Your Name
Changing Your Sex or Gender Marker
UC students can designate their gender identity and pronoun preferences in Catalyst by following these steps:
- Log in to Catalyst.
- On the Student Homepage, click the My Profile tile.
- On the resulting page, under the Personal Information tab, click 'Personal Details.'
- Click on the Biographic Tab on the right-hand side.
- Navigate to Gender Expression, and enter your preferences. There should both be a drop-down, and there is a free-form text box in case the information is not listed.
- Click 'Save.'
Staff and faculty can view this information in 'Add/Update a Person' in Catalyst, on a new tab titled 'Personal.'
Students may also request a change of the gender marker associated with their records through the Office of the Registrar.
Updating Your Bearcat Photo
If you are interested in updating the photo associated with your account, you may need to apply for a new Bearcat Card. You can submit your Bearcat Card photo online.
The University Housing policy on Gender Inclusive Housing is as follows:
"In meeting the needs of the incoming student, University Housing staff will recognize and respect the gender identity the student has established with Housing as part of their housing application. Staff will not ask for any more information than is required to meet the student’s housing needs, and all disclosed information will be kept strictly confidential. In order to provide support for the needs of current and incoming transgender and/or gender non-conforming students, University Housing strongly encourages potential and current residents to contact the Assistant Director of Resident Education & Development, Aleia White, early in the housing request process so that we may offer the widest range of possible housing options.
The University Housing staff member will work with the students to find a residence hall space that best meets their needs, factoring gender expression, gender identity, comfortableness in transition and bathroom needs.
Room Rates will be consistent with our other undergraduate population living in the residence hall communities."
Audre Lorde Social Justice House
The Audre Lorde Social Justice House is a gender inclusive community designed for students interested in social justice.
There are many single-user restrooms throughout campus. Some are gendered and some are non-gendered or gender neutral. UC's Department of Planning, Designing, and Construction is committed to meeting the diverse needs of UC students and has created a policy that requires any new building at UC to have at least one gender neutral restroom. They also plan to change the signage on all single-user restrooms to make them gender neutral.
For questions about bathrooms in university housing, please see the section 'Housing' above.
If you would like to make a report regarding sex- or gender-based harassment, we can assist you in Making a Report. A report is not considered a formal complaint, and there is no obligation to file a formal complaint. Our office can still offer supportive measures and resources even without a formal complaint.
Please note that all faculty and staff (unless designated otherwise, are mandatory reporters and must report any known incidents of sex- or gender-based harassment.
The Mission of the LGBTQ Center is as follows: "The LGBTQ Center supports the mission of the University of Cincinnati through a commitment to diversity, equity, leadership development, and intellectual inquiry with particular respect to sexual orientation and gender identity. The Center is an inclusive campus community that welcomes people of all sexual orientations and gender identities and provides support, resources and advocacy. The Center facilitates LGBTQ visibility by promoting and enhancing understanding, acceptance, and awareness regarding LGBTQ issues."
The Center also offers monthly Safe Zone Ally and Transgender Inclusive Training workshops, which you can register for through CampusLink.