Tulane University is committed to providing equal opportunity regardless of gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, race, color, creed, national origin, religion, marital status, age, or disability. Through the Office for Gender and Sexual Diversity (OGSD), Tulane facilitates a welcoming space for students who are exploring their gender identity or who identify as transgender, gender non-conforming, genderqueer, non-binary, or gender fluid to connect with social, cultural, spiritual, academic, and health resources. Below you will find an abbreviated list of resources that queer and trans students may find useful during their time at Tulane. For more details about these and other resources, please stop by or call the Office for Gender and Sexual Diversity.
The Office for Gender and Sexual Diversity (OGSD) works in partnership with a number of different campus partners in order to best provide services for the LGBTQ+ community at Tulane. OGSD can connect you to the proper resources to help you thrive here at Tulane, whether you are seeking to:
Housing and Residence Life is committed to providing a safe, inclusive, and supportive experience for students and to working with all students to meet their housing needs in an environment that promotes the dignity of all people.
To aid creating these experiences for students Housing and Residence Life offers Gender Affirming Housing (GAH) as a voluntary opt-in program for all students and a Mixed Gender Housing option for returning students.
Gender Affirming Housing allows undergraduate students of any gender the option of living in the same room/suite/or apartment with other students regardless of their gender marker on file with Tulane University. GAH is designed to be a more inclusive home on campus for students who identify as transgender, nonbinary, lesbian, gay, bisexual, pansexual, intersex, queer, asexual, agender, questioning (LGBTQIA+), and their allies.
Mixed Gender Housing allows undergraduate students of any gender the option of living in the same room/suite/or apartment with other students regardless of their gender marker on file with Tulane University.
Students that do not opt in to either of these programs will be housed in General Housing. This type of housing allows undergraduate students of the same gender marker within the Tulane system the ability to live together. This is the default, if Mixed Gender or Gender Affirming Housing is not selected.
Opting in to the Gender Affirming Housing and Mixed Gender Housing has no additional costs and will be offered throughout campus and will include a range of room types and prices.
HOW DO I APPLY?
Click here to apply to live in our new Gender Affirming Housing Cluster for first year students!
Please note that if you are applying after May 8, 2021 that availability is limited in the cluster, and we will communicate with you as availability permits. If you have questions about availability at any time, please contact us.
On your Housing Application, simply click on the box indicating that you are interested in living in Gender Affirming Housing for Mixed Gender Housing (if applicable).
The Gender Affirming Housing (GAH) Cluster initiative was created with the explicit goal of helping Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning, and Gender Variant students experience a greater sense of belonging in TU’s residential communities. The purpose of GAH is to provide a more comfortable and safer living environment where a student can room with any other student- regardless of sex, gender, gender identity/expression, or sexual orientation. The goal of this community is designed to help students build a supportive living community based on mutual respect and inclusivity of all individuals committed to this purpose and goal. Providing a supportive, inclusive living space is critical for developing a healthy place for students to learn, develop, and grow.
This application is in addition to your Housing Application. This opportunity is for anyone to express interest. While space is open to all individuals who agree with the principles of GAH, priority will be given to those who need a safer and more inclusive space on campus.
Wall Hall will host the GAH Cluster for the 2021-2022 school year. Wall is a suite-style building for First-Year students. Please note, participants will likely be sharing a room, suite, and/or semi-private bathroom with someone identifying as a gender different from their own.
Please note that this option is different from the Gender Affirming Housing option above. The above option allows students to be matched with a roommate that also selected Gender Affirming Housing and placed into a variety of communities or within a Residential Learning Community. The Gender Affirming Housing Cluster is a specific community of students who have applied to live together in the same building, agree to abide by the GAH principles of inclusion, and will share all-gender suited bathrooms with other members.
If you experience a problem with your living situation that you believe is a result of your sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression, immediately talk to your resident advisor, resident director, or another staff member. We ask that you also report bias-related incidents (confidentially, if you choose) to the Office of Human Resources and Institutional Equity and to the Office for Gender and Sexual Diversity (OGSD). To submit an online report of an incident of bias, misconduct, or discrimination, please click here.
In keeping with the University's policy of nondiscrimination on the basis of gender identity, individuals may use facilities that best correspond to their own gender identity. Those who do not identify with the gender binary (male or female), may determine whichever facility is the most appropriate and safest option for them. No individual will be required to provide documentation of their gender identity in order to have access to any facility that best corresponds to their own gender identity.
In addition, to address access issues, the University is currently and actively working towards having at least one single-occupancy or multiple-occupancy gender inclusive restroom available in every regularly occupied building on campus.
Currently, Tulane University has several gender inclusive restrooms located around campus, and even more single-user restrooms found on this Uptown campus map and this Downtown campus map, which are current as of March 2019. The Tulane Interactive Campus Map will be updated by July 2019 to include all publicly accessible all gender restrooms.
If you know of a campus single-user restroom that is not listed here, please email us at email@example.com with the building name and floor.
Many city of New Orleans all gender bathrooms can be found in the Refuge smartphone app.
The Reily Student Recreation Center has updated their facilities to ensure that transgender and other gender diverse individuals have access, feel welcome, and are afforded privacy. For locker rooms, showers, and toilets, you have two choices -- all of which were designed to include the needs of gender diverse individuals.
1. If you are comfortable using gendered locker rooms, both the men's and women's locker rooms in the Reily Student Recreation Center have showers with curtains to maintain privacy while changing and showering. If you do not want to shower, but do want privacy while changing, single stall areas are available for changing in privacy.
2. For more privacy, Reily offers single-user "cabanas" that each include a toilet, shower, and changing area. To store your belongings while using the cabanas, lockers are available outside of them.
At any time of the semester, if you change your name and pronoun, or have already done so, and they do not match official state issued documents that the University uses for its records, Tulane offers an online process for students to indicate a chosen first name that can be used on Splash Cards and faculty rosters. Students can also indicate their pronouns to the Registrar via Gibson, which will be shared with academic advisors, Campus Health providers, and faculty (through class rosters).
A chosen name is the name someone goes by in day-to-day life. For example, some people named "James" may actually go by "Jamie." Chosen pronouns are the pronouns one uses to best represent one's gender identity, for example: he, she, or they. Please note that chosen first name is used solely for Tulane's internal systems; external systems (such as home-town newspapers, official transcripts, enrollment verifications, etc.) will continue to use your legal first name. Students who would like to indicate their pronouns should also enter this information via Gibson Online.
For more information and FAQ’s on the use of chosen first name and pronoun please visit the Registrar's website
Tulane University recognizes that some members of our student community use first names other than their legal names to identify themselves.
Students can enter a chosen name through Gibson Online, regardless of whether or not they have legally changed their name. This option is found on the student tab under the Records link.
Entering a chosen name will change the first name that appears internally at Tulane. Please be aware that use of a chosen name will also change the first name displayed in the Tulane public online directory. Individuals are free to change their chosen name provided that the request is sincere and it is not for the purpose of misrepresentation (i.e., using the process to avoid a legal obligation). Students should use their legal name when conducting University business.
In addition, students will also be able to indicate their chosen gender pronoun (he, she, they, or chosen name only). This information will be shared with academic advisors, Campus Health providers, and faculty to support students during their time at Tulane. These pronouns will appear on class lists, grade rosters, and advising lists.
Please Note: chosen names are used solely for Tulane’s internal systems; external systems (such as home-town newspapers) will continue to use your legal first name.
The University shall maintain a record of the student’s legal name which will be used when required by University business or legal need. All external reporting of your name must, by law, use your legal name.
Via Tulane IT you can get your email display name and email changed to reflect your chosen name by:
Once you send this email usually the IT person this goes to will update your email within 48 hours.
Under FERPA, the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, directory information may be disclosed to the public. At Tulane, directory information includes, but is not limited to, the student’s name and chosen name. A student who does not want to be included in the directory can withhold directory information via Gibson Online. This is subject to certain exclusions, including but not limited to emergencies. It is important to know that withholding directory information means that you will not be listed in the directory, commencement materials, the Dean’s List, and any external reporting. The University will not be able to confirm your student status (e.g., for the purposes of insurance verifications, graduate application, or potential employment) without a signed release. The ability to opt out of directory information is available at the Update Confidentiality Flag link via Gibson Online. For more information, please contact the Registrar’s Office at 504-865-5231.
Students who wish to change their legal name must supply supporting legal documentation.
You can update your chosen name or pronoun at any time during the semester. Log into Gibson Online. Click on the "Student" tab at the top. Under Records, on the left side of the page, select the link "Update Chosen First Name and/or Pronoun."
Students who would like to have a chosen first name on their Splash Card should first enter the information through Gibson Online and then visit the Splash Card Office in the LBC to receive a new card. You will receive one free Splash Card with an updated chosen first name if you turn in your old splash card during the same transaction.
To enter a change of sex, the registrar requires a written, signed statement from the student requesting a change in the student information system. Your ID number will not change.
In order to change your name on official legal documents (and documents such as the Tulane Phonebook, class registration, attendance lists, Wavemail), the registrar requires either an official court document with the legal name change or a valid driver's license or state identification card with the new name displayed.
More information to come! Contact the Director for Office for Gender & Sexual Diversity at firstname.lastname@example.org
After 24 hours, you can go to the Splash Card office on the first floor of the LBC and request to have a new Splash Card made that reflects your chosen name for free.
If you would like your email alias to match your chosen name, please contact the TSNOC by sending an email to email@example.com by using the following language:
"I request that my email alias reflect my Preferred Name."
Include the Preferred name and your Tulane ID number. This message must come from your existing @tulane.edu email account.
For more information on changing your chosen name, Splash Card, or Email Alias, please visit https://tulane.service-now.com/kb_view_customer.do?sysparm_article=KB001...
International Pronouns Day seeks to make respecting, sharing, and educating about personal pronouns commonplace.
Referring to people by the pronouns they determine for themselves is basic to human dignity. Being referred to by the wrong pronouns particularly affects transgender and gender nonconforming people. Together, we can transform society to celebrate people’s multiple, intersecting identities. Visit International Pronouns Day to learn more about the importance of pronouns.
Their resource page provides a lot of great videos, tips, and tools as well: https://pronounsday.org/resources
More current information may be available from the National Center for Transgender Equality.
To legally change your name so that all official university records, your driver's license, and other documents reflect your chosen name, the very first step is to file a petition with the Clerk of Court. In Louisiana, every name change is processed through the parish in which the petitioner resides. As a Tulane student, it is likely that you reside in Orleans Parish and the Clerk of Court is located on Loyola Avenue. With the proper identification and money (cash or money order) in hand, you can then go to the Clerk of Court Self-Help Desk at 421 Loyola Avenue (Room 401 on the 4th floor) to fill out a Name Change Petition. You do not need an attorney to complete this process. Take the following steps.
1. In order to have your name changed in Orleans Parish, you will need to be a resident in the state of Louisiana for at least six months and be 18 years of age or older. You must also intend to continue living in Louisiana.
2. If you meet these requirements, you will go to the Orleans Parish Courthouse at 421 Loyola Avenue, room 401. They are open Mondays and Wednesdays 10am-noon & 1-3pm and on Fridays 10am-noon. For changes in hours call 504-407-0000 and specify that you need the hours for the name change self-help desk.
3. Once at room 401 of the courthouse,
a. You will show your current identification (a primary legal document or two secondary legal documents). See below for a list of what qualifies as primary and secondary documents.
b. You will then pay a petition fee to process your request. As of February 2015, the petition fee is $503.50. They will only accept cash or a money order made out to the Clerk of Court. They will not accept a personal check or credit card. This is non-refundable. To check with the court for any updates on fees, call 504-407-0000.
4. You will then go to room 402, on the same floor, and receive a file and case number. After they conduct a background check (felons are not allowed to change names), they will waive your petition on to the district attorney of Orleans Parish and a judge for review.
5. This is usually the end of your petition process. However, at the time you present your completed name change form to the Clerk of Court ask the clerk if a hearing is necessary for you. Though it is unlikely, a judge can decide to hold a hearing to discuss your reason for a name change. Most judges will grant a name change, based on this paperwork and without a meeting, so long as they are convinced that the petitioner is not trying to evade debts or the police or commit fraud. If a hearing is necessary the clerk will provide you with a date and time that your hearing will take place. This hearing can take place in court or in the judge's chambers. (In rare cases, judges have required a petitioner to prove that they have undergone medical procedures that show an intention to live permanently in the gender associated with the name desired.) If a hearing with a judge is required and you would like an advocate to go with you, please contact the Office for Gender and Sexual Diversity at 504-314-2183.
6. Now you wait for your paperwork to be processed. Upon approval from the district attorney and a judge, the parish clerk will notify you that your certificate is ready for pick-up. The name change decree is the actual certificate that will allow you to change your name at any private or public institution. The final judgment will be recorded in the records of the parish and your new name will be your true and legal name.
7. When you go back to the same courthouse, 421 Loyola, room 402, to get certified copies of your official name change decree. It is imperative that you purchase certified copies of the final judgment to submit to your credit card companies, university administrators, government offices, etc. to get your name changed on your birth certificate, university documents, driver's license, credit cards, and other official documents. Each copy costs $3 as of February 2015.
8. Now you will submit a certified copy to the Department of Motor Vehicles, the Internal Revenue Service, the Social Security Administration, University Registrar, credit card companies, etc.
A. State of Louisiana Primary Documents Include:
B. State of Louisiana Secondary Documents Include:
For more resources: http://www.ccabatonrouge.org/resources/louisiana-name-change/
To change the name on your birth certificate, you will need to work with the Vital Records Department in the state in which you were born. If you were born in Louisiana, you must first follow the steps listed in the previous section to legally change your name. Once your name is legally changed through the Clerk of court, you can then petition to have the name changed on your birth certificate. Then, mail the following to the Vital Records Registry:
1. Certified copy of the Petition for Name Change (Obtained from Clerk of Court)
2. Certified copy of the Judgment from the proper Louisiana district court (Obtained from Clerk of Court)
3. Photocopy of the District Attorney's signed answer (Obtained from Clerk of Court)
4. Photocopy of your birth certificate
5. Photocopy of your valid driver's license
6. Check or money order for $27.50 (total cost of the amendment)
Vital Records Registry
Attn: Amendments Department
P.O. Box 60630
New Orleans, LA 70160
Once Vital Records receives the required documents and fees, a case manager will be assigned to review your request. If you have any questions, contact: Robin A. Lewis, Services Manager at the Vital Records Registry: (504) 593-5171.
Campus Health is committed to providing caring, high quality, and confidential services to our campus community, inclusive of all sexual orientations, romantic orientations, and gender identities.
To meet the health and wellness needs of all campus community members, the various Campus Health offices provide numerous programs and services specifically for the LGBTQ+ community. Whether you need primary care, preventive health services, mental health care, or you are looking for general health and wellness information, our staff of physicians, nurse practitioners, therapists, health educators, and other health professionals are ready to help.
To learn more and access services visit Tulane Campus Health's LGBTQ+ Health page: LGBTQ+ Health
OGSD offers the following online resources external to the University for further reading and reflection on a variety of LGBTQ+ topics. Have a resource to suggest? Email us links or ideas at firstname.lastname@example.org. We'll review it and decide if it fits!
Advocates for Youth developed a series of downloadable graphic brochures to aid in your explorations of your identity. As they describe the series, "These resources are written by LGBTQ young people, and provide answers for young people thinking about their sexual orientation and young people who find that the gender they were assigned at birth does not fit them."
Scarleteen has been providing comprehensive and inclusive sexuality and relationship education online to teens and emerging adults for over 20 years. In addition to extensive articles, they offer message boards, live chat, and a free text-based question-and-answer service.
SAPHE is a student organization that operates a 24/7 confidential hotline. The hotline is operated during the fall and spring semesters when classes are in session. The purpose of the hotline is to provide support and information to members of the Tulane community regarding all issues that surround sexual aggression. Sexual aggression occurs in many forms including rape, sexual assault, stalking, dating / intimate partner violence, and sexual harassment. Call us at (504) 654-9543. In addition, SAPHE members are involved in various educational events and programs related to sexual aggression. If you are interested in learning more about our upcoming programs or how to become a member please e-mail SAPHE.email@example.com or visit the SAPHE Wavesync page for upcoming events.
Tulane University values an open and affirming learning and work environment, void of homophobia, heterosexism, transphobia, sexism, and other forms of gender- and sex-based bias and discrimination. If you have seen homophobic or transphobic graffiti or language used on campus or witnessed or experienced harassment, a bias incident, a hate crime, or discrimination, please (1) submit a report online and (2) contact the Office for Institutional Equity (OIE).
Office of Human Resources & Institutional Equity
Ruth Riley, Assistant Vice President
Tiffany Smith, Manager
Phone: (504) 862-8083
1555 Poydras Street, Suite 964
New Orleans, LA 70112
The Office for Gender and Sexual Diversity and the Office of Multicultural Affairs can assist you in filing a report, and/or mobilizing resources to address the issue. In any case, please do contact someone (even if only via email) so that the University has an accurate understanding of the climate on campus.
Note about Online Report Submissions
Please promptly report issues and incidents online so that appropriate action can be taken in a timely manner. You can choose to make your online report anonymous by leaving out any identifying information. Although the more information we have the better, we respect your right to privacy and remaining anonymous is a perfectly viable option.
What Constitutes a Bias Incident?
Bias is a pre-formed negative opinion or attitude toward a group of persons who possess common characteristics, such as skin color or gender expression, or cultural experiences, such as religion or national origin. Bias incidents involve actions committed against a person or property that are motivated, in whole or in part, by their bias against race, religion, sexual orientation, ethnicity, national origin, ancestry, gender expression or identity, genetic information, age, or disability. By contrast, a hate crime is a criminal offense committed against a person or property that is motivated, in whole or in part, by bias against a race, color, ethnicity, national origin, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, disability, age or religion. All hate crimes are bias incidents, but not all bias incidents are hate crimes.
A hate crime is a criminal act of violence where the perpetrator has selected the victim because of the person's actual or perceived race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability. In 2009, new federal hate crime legislation (the Matthew Shepard & James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act) expanded the scope of a 1968 law to include gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, and disability, in addition to race, religion, and national origin. The U.S. Justice Department gained expanded authority to prosecute hate crimes when local authorities do not. In the state of Louisiana, hate crime legislation includes "actual or perceived" sexual orientation but does not address gender identity-based violence under its hate crime law: La. R.S. 14: 107.2 (2002); La. R.S. 15:1204.4 (2002).
Though it is legal for state agencies and private employers to discriminate against applicants and employees on the basis of sexual orientation, the City of New Orleans and Tulane University do not tolerate employment discrimination. The City of New Orleans Human Rights Laws make citywide public employment discrimination unlawful if based on gender identification, gender or sex, sexual orientation, age, color, creed, marital status, national origin/ancestry, physical condition/disability, race, or religion. Tulane is committed to and encourages a diverse and inclusive community that respects and values individual differences. In support of this commitment, Tulane University prohibits discrimination in its employment practices or educational programs/activities on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, military status, marital status, veteran status, or any other status or classification protected by federal, state, or local law. Tulane University complies with applicable federal and state laws addressing discrimination harassment, and retaliation, Discrimination or harassment against individuals on the basis of any protected classification will not be tolerated. Complaints of discrimination must be filed in accordance with the policies set forth below. Individuals must promptly report discrimination so that prompt and appropriate action can be taken. (Tulane University Anti-Discrimination Statement)
Furthermore, Tulane University is committed to providing equal employment opportunity to qualified persons without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, marital status, military status, veteran status, or any other status or classification protected by federal, state, or local law. This commitment to equality extend stop all personnel actions, including recruitment, advertising for employment, selection for employment, compensation, performance evaluation, and selection for training or education, treatment during employment, promotion, transfer, demotion, discipline, layoff, and termination. Discrimination on the basis of any protected classification will not be tolerated. (Tulane University Equal Employment Opportunity Statement)
Furthermore, in April 2012, a ruling by the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) made it illegal for public or private employers to discriminate against any employee or applicant on the basis of gender identity; such discrimination, according to the EEOC, violates the prohibition on sex discrimination in Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. (2012). More information can be found from lambda Legal and the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force.
The City of New Orleans Human Rights Laws make housing discrimination unlawful if based on gender identification, gender or sex, sexual orientation, age, color, creed, marital status, national origin/ancestry, physical condition/disability, race, or religion. The New Orleans Human Relations Commission is a Municipal Agency, which enforces the City's Human Relations Rights Laws. The Commission employs a staff of three and maintains two offices in New Orleans. The commission has citywide authority and accepts complaints from all citizens and visitors to New Orleans who believe they have been discriminated against.
TULAP is a legal services program funded by the Tulane University Associated Student Body. They provide free legal advice and low-cost representation to current Tulane University students, staff, and faculty. TULAP also provides free notarial services and information regarding legal rights. Because they are funded by the University, they are only able to provide representation to current students, staff, and faculty, and cannot represent one member of the Tulane community against another, as that would present a conflict of interest.
Hospital Visitation Rights
In the state of Louisiana, hospital visitation rights for partners of LGBTQ+ patients are not guaranteed. However, effective January 18, 2011, federal regulations require hospitals participating in the Medicare/Medicaid programs to adopt written policies and procedures regarding patients' visitation rights, including a prohibition on discrimination in visitation based on sexual orientation and gender identity. Under the new regulations, hospitals may not place any restrictions on visitation based on gender identity or sexual orientation. Each patient must be informed of their right to visitors, "whom he or she designates, including, but not limited to, a spouse, a domestic partner (including a same-sex domestic partner), another family member, or a friend, and his or her right to withdraw or deny such consent at any time." The hospital may "not restrict, limit, or otherwise deny visitation privileges on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, or disability." And the hospital is required to "ensure that all visitors enjoy full and equal visitation privileges consistent with patient preferences." Any hospital found to violate the new rules risks losing a major source of revenue.