Initiatives

KEY AREAS OF PROGRESS

  • All University community members can now provide their gender identity and preferred name in central databases relevant for students or staff.
  • University systems technology has been enhanced to ensure legal sex and legal names are only shared on a need-to-know basis for both students and staff.
  • More than 250 campus restrooms have been converted to gender-inclusive restrooms.
  • Changing rooms at Dillon Gym now include six private, gender-inclusive shower/changing areas.
  • All students can request for additional restrooms to be converted on the undergraduate housing website.
  • The University began work in 2015 on a multi-year process to make all undergraduate housing gender inclusive.That process is now complete.Housing assignments now all draw from a database featuring self-reported gender data from students.All housing is now gender-inclusive.
  • All University Health Services (UHS) staff are now trained in LGBTQ student care and can relevant professionals can prescribe hormone replacement therapy.
  • An Outreach Psychologist has been employed by UHS with particular expertise in working with transgender and gender non-binary students.

 

The following questions represent those most frequently asked related to the University’s values and support of transgender and gender non-binary students and employees.

What progress has the University made related to record keeping?

All University systems drawing from the central databases have been updated so that all campus community members can provide their preferred name and gender identity, including staff.

For students, class rosters and dorm assignment processes draw from preferred names.  Only systems where federal reporting is required will draw from students’ legal names. 

For both students and staff, Technology has been enhanced to share gender identity with appropriate offices, while limiting unnecessary access to legal name and legal sex.  For example, additional gender options have been embedded within the official web platform of the Office of the Registrar.

Students who wish to update their own information may do so on the Office of the Registrar website.

Staff and faculty may contact the Human Resources Services Center for additional guidance on amending official records.

What progress has the University made related to campus facilities?

In 2014, the University committed to making the University’s single room, lockable bathrooms gender inclusive. This policy reflects our commitment to access and hospitality for all members of our community and campus visitors.

Gender inclusive bathrooms increase convenience, and sometimes safety, for individuals who are transgender or gender non-conforming; individuals who need to be assisted by a caregiver; parents with young children; and anyone who would prefer additional privacy and flexibility. 

Since the beginning of this work in 2014, roughly 250 bathrooms on campus have been converted to gender inclusive spaces. In addition, the University’s building standards now require inclusion of gender inclusive single room, lockable bathrooms in every new building and major renovation.

There are some existing single room bathrooms on campus that cannot be converted to be gender inclusive due to conflict with state plumbing code which supersedes ordinances passed by the municipality of Princeton in 2019.  We continue to review campus facilities to ensure compliance with all regulations.

Graduate and undergraduates students can submit requests through the undergraduate housing website for additional restrooms to be converted into gender-inclusive facilities.

Additionally, renovations to the A-level of Dillon Gym feature six gender-inclusive shower, restroom, and changing areas.  Four are located in the south corridor and two in the north corridor. These rooms are available to those of need on a first-come first-serve basis.

What progress has the University made related to student housing?

A new housing management system for all undergraduate housing was launched in July 2017 and stores preferred names from the University’s central database system.  Legal name will still be indicated on contracts, but preferred names will be indicated on any housing rosters that are produced from the new system. 

The University’s approach to housing has changed in a number of significant ways in the last few years.  First, after consultation with relevant stakeholders, a collaborative process was employed to create a guide for the university to revise its existing housing policy to make it more inclusive. 

The University adopted a new housing policy which renders all undergraduate housing at Princeton gender-inclusive.  In addition, it is possible, via the undergraduate housing website, to apply for a private bathroom.

What progress has the University made related to health services?

University Health Services offers prescriptions for and administration of hormone replacement therapy for students seeking medical transition.  Within University Health Services (UHS), two Medical Services clinicians have completed the LGBT Health Certificate Program at George Washington University.  They are equipped to prescribe hormones for medical transition. 

In addition UHS has an interdisciplinary Trans Care Team that meets monthly to ensure that transgender students are being treated according to best practices, and to ensure the organization is addressing the needs of the trans community as comprehensively as possible. 

As of 2019, the University Health Service team includes an Outreach Psychologist with particular experience and expertise in working with trans and non-binary students.

Where can I raise additional concerns related to the experiences of transgender and genderfluid people on campus?

A campus-wide coalition of students & staff, convened by the Vice Provost for Institutional Equity and Diversity, meets each semester to monitor the progress of initiatives geared towards supporting transgender and gender non-binary members of the Princeton community.  To bring concerns to the group, please email Shawn Maxam, Senior Associate Director of Institutional Diversity & Inclusion at smaxam@princeton.edu.

Contact

Shawn L. Maxam

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  • Senior Associate Director for Institutional Diversity and Inclusion
Phone: 609-258-9687
Office: 201 Nassau Street, Suite 21