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Transgender Resources

Equity and inclusion of our transgender students is a priority at BSU. Our policies and practices reflect best practice designed to promote their success.

Housing

Inclusive Housing Policy

BSU has three policies designed to provide a safe and inclusive living environment for transgender and nonbinary students.

  1. Housing assignments based on gender identity;
  2. Gender-free housing which permits students of different gender identities to share living quarters; and
  3. Housing for nonbinary students such that a certain number of beds and rooms will be set aside for students who are nonbinary either by gender identity or legal gender designation. This nonbinary designation is consistent with how male or female only spaces are reserved and assigned.

Restrooms

Gender Inclusive Single Occupancy Restrooms

At BSU, everyone has the right to use restrooms on campus that are consistent with their gender identity as long as the facilities are used for their intended purpose.

BSU also has 75 single occupancy restrooms that are gender inclusive which means that people of all gender identities may use these restrooms. BSU has made a commitment to adding at least one gender inclusive single occupancy restroom (GISOR) in every new and significantly renovated building. You can download a list of current GI SORs locations on campus.

First Name in Use, Gender Identity, and Pronouns in Use

Informed by the overarching priority of student success for all students, BSU is committed to promoting a safe, welcoming, and diverse campus climate in which to learn and work. As part of the University’s values of equity and inclusion, BSU is proud to offer students, faculty/librarians, administrators, staff, and alumnx [1] the option to indicate their First Name in Use, Gender Identity, and Pronouns in Use.

The University’s policy for First Name in Use, Gender Identity, and Pronouns in Use options are consistent with BSU’s Equal Opportunity, Diversity and Affirmative Action Plan and the laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, protecting transgender individuals against discrimination based on gender identity and expression.

Although the policy reflects best practice for supporting transgender and gender non-conforming members of college communities, the options to indicate First Name in Use, Gender Identity, and Pronouns in Use are not limited to transgender members of the community. Anyone who has a First Name in Use other than their [2] legal first name, and/or who seeks to state their Gender Identity and Pronouns in Use are encouraged to opt in.

[1] Alumnx is a gender free way to refer to alumni
[2]The pronoun set They/Them/Theirs is to include non-binary individuals

Athletics

BSU has a Trans-Inclusive Athletics & Recreation Policy found in the Student-Athlete Handbook.

Health Insurance

BSU provides a fully trans-inclusive student health insurance plan.