The University of Chicago strives to be a welcoming and supportive place for transgender, gender non-conforming and non-binary (TGNC) students. Below are a list of resources to support you as you navigate campus.
The University of Chicago offers same gender and coed sports for both individuals and teams. These sports are open to all University students. Students interested in participating in intramural sports will be asked their gender on their intramural entry form. Gender options for the purpose of intramural sports are: Male, Female and Non-Binary.
Gender inclusive, single-user locker rooms are located in the Ratner Athletics Center. The private, "family" locker rooms are available upon request from the entrance attendance. Check in with the entrance attendant to request a key to the locker rooms.
Note: The "family" locker rooms are not available during Family Swim times. Family Swim occurs on Fridays from 6 p.m. to 8:45 p.m., and on Saturdays and Sundays from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Also, during the summer, Family Swim will also run on Monday and Wednesday from 5 p.m. to 8:45 pm. These times may change, so visit the Athletics Facilities Hours website for the most updated information.
Facilities & Hours Overview
It is important that we create an environment that is welcoming, inclusive and supportive of our students. Open Housing is the UChicago Gender Neutral Housing option. Making Open Housing available for students who do not find traditional same-sex room assignments ideal or appropriate connects directly to the University’s diversity mission. The Open Housing option allows students the choice to live with other students regardless of gender. College Housing will not assign anyone to an opposite-sex roommate unless requested. It is a choice that is available in all Houses, except those traditionally designated as single-gender. Students will not be assigned to Open Housing unless they have elected to do so. Declaration Forms can be found here
There is no specific number, or limit, of Open Housing rooms on campus. Open Housing will exist across the housing system except in those Houses that are designated as single-sex. Our priority is to meet the individual needs of our diverse student community. We encourage students to maintain an open dialogue with their families. Students over the age of 18 are legally able to make decisions about their housing contracts. Student under 18 should discuss housing plans with their families, as they must provide parental consent. Students are not required to reveal their reasons for opting to live in Open Housing.
Restrooms in Housing
If you need access to a gender-neutral restroom, it is important to communicate that need to College Housing on the housing application. Students can also email College Housing at email@example.com, or call them at 773-702-7366
Non-Open Housing Options
Housing will assist students who cannot or do not wish to participate in Open Housing. If you need assistance with your living arrangements, please indicate this on your Housing Application, by indicating you need a roommate arrangement that is appropriate for your situation. This can be indicated under the "Please list any factors that would help us to choose a reasonably compatible roommate for you (Please note that roommate assignments are made without regard to race, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, disability, or other factors prohibited by law)" question on the The University of Chicago House System Undergraduate Housing Application.
Contact Housing & Residence Life
The staff in Housing are available to help students determine what is personally going to be the most helpful housing assignment for them, including finding housing that takes into account gender-neutral bathroom requests. Students should email College Housing at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call them at 773-702-7366.
For more information about the College House System, along with up-to-date policy information, please visit them at http://housing.uchicago.edu.
Residential Properties (RP) assists qualified graduate students, faculty, and staff members of the University and The University of Chicago Medicine in locating a home within close proximity to their school or workplace.
CNET ID/Email Address Changes
CNet/ID Email Address Changes
University of Chicago email addresses are comprised of two separate components: CNetID and email aliases. Currently, students are not allowed to change their CNetID once it has been chosen. If you are a student who has not created your CNetID, please keep this in mind when you create your CNetID.
If you have already chosen your CNetID and would like to change your email address, you may set up an email alias. If you're looking for an alternate email address, you should claim an alias.
What is a CNetID email alias?
An alias (sometimes also called a nickname) is a pointer to your email@example.com address. This allows you to receive mail at firstname.lastname@example.org in addition to your regular email@example.com address. Please note you can't use an alias to log in to any system.
How can I add a CNetID email alias?
To add or change a CNetID email alias go to the Email Options website, sign in using your CNetID and password, and click "Add a new mail alias". Enter the alias you want in the field and click "Add new mail alias". As long as this name is not already in use, you will be able to receive mail at firstname.lastname@example.org within a couple of hours. You can have up to five aliases, in addition to your CNetID@uchicago.edu address.
How can I delete a CNetID email alias?
Go to the Email Options website, and sign in using your CNetID and password. Next click the appropriate "Delete email@example.com" link. Deleted aliases stop forwarding email immediately. They also immediately become available for other people to claim as aliases or CNetIDs
Student Counseling Service (SCS)
The Student Counseling Service (SCS) provides mental health care to University of Chicago students. This care includes needs assessment, psychotherapy, psychiatric consultation, academic skills assessment program, support groups, referrals, emergency services, and health promotion and wellness programs.
Student Counseling Services
Student Health Service (SHS) provides University of Chicago students with both primary, routine health care, such as physical examinations, as well as acute care for a wide range of complaints. If routine health care on campus is desired, it is recommended that students establish a primary care provider with one of our physicians or nurse practitioners.
Student Health Services
Student Health Insurance
The University of Chicago student health insurance covers the following services:
- Gender Affirmation Surgeries*
- Hormone Replacement Therapy*
- Gender Dysphoria Treatment Policy Information (pdf) | November 1, 2018
*Contact Student Health Insurance Coordinator
Visit the Student Health Insurance website to receive the most up-to-date information on coverage and policies.
Howard Brown Health
Howard Brown Health is one of the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) healthcare organizations. There are multiple clinics around the city. The location closes to campus:
Howard Brown Health - 55th Street
1525 E. 55th St.
Chicago, IL 60615
Howard Brown Health and UChicago Student Health Insurance
All of the physicians at Howard Brown are considered “in network”. This means that as long as the services a student receives are “eligible services” (as per the terms of the student insurance policy). For more information review the 2019-2020 U-SHIP Summary Brochure.
Please Note: Information on health care providers covered by U-SHIP may change. Students who would like to go to Howard Brown for health care, but are not sure if the services they will receive are “eligible”, can contact the on-campus student insurance staff.
Note: Students should be aware that if they see a physician outside of the Student Health Service (SHS) or Student Counseling Service (SCS), they will first need to obtain a referral from the SHS/SCS. Without this referral, students are assessed a $50 non-referral fee. Only one referral is needed per condition/diagnosis.
Preferred Name Policy
Current students can indicate a “preferred” first and/or middle name, which is a name the student wishes to be commonly known as, if different from their legal first and/or middle name. Updates to preferred name can be made through myUChicago.
Preferred name will only be seen via Class Rosters, Grade Rosters, Chalk, and the Online Directory.
Primary name will continue to be the student’s legal name. Primary name will be what appears on the transcript, diploma, UChicago Card, and any documentation involving financial aid, student accounts, or international student status. Students must continue to use their primary names when conducting official University business. To change the name listed on any University of Chicago official documents, students must follow the procedures listed above for changing their name on their student records.
Please Note: Preferred names will be regularly reviewed. Any entries deemed to be offensive will be removed by the Office of the University Registrar.
Preferred First Name
Legal Name Changes
Students who wish to change their legal name on their student records should use the following guidelines to request the change:
You must be able to present current official government-issued documentation showing the correct spelling of your new name. Accepted documentation can include a passport, driver's license, or court order.
You must complete the Change of Name Form. Please note that when completing this form you should not sign until you are in the presence of a notary public or a member of the University Registrar's staff. If you are mailing in your request, you may send it to:
Office of the University Registrar
1427 E. 60th Street
Chicago, IL 60637
International Students wishing to change their names in the University records should contact the Office of International Affairs prior to submitting the Change of Name form to the Office of the University Registrar to ensure the proposed change is acceptable
Graduating Students should submit any name change requests to the Office of the University Registrar at least 2 months before they are expected to graduate
Alumni should also contact Alumni Relations to request a name change. Submitting a Change of Name Form to the Office of the University Registrar will not automatically update your alumni record
Student Employees: if you are an employee of the University of Chicago, you will also need to contact HR Services to update your employee record with your new name
For information on using your preferred name on your diploma, contact Scott Campbell, University Registrar, at firstname.lastname@example.org
For the most up-to-date information on legal name changes and diploma reissuances, please visit the University Registrar's website.
The University will publish your current address, phone number, and email address in the online directory and other publications unless you specify in my.UChicago that you'd like your information withheld from these publications.
If you wish to have your information withheld should log into myUChicago with their cNet ID and password. Once logged in, click on the edit link under "Privacy" in the "My Information" section to withhold your directory information. Students may then opt to withhold their information
You may choose to publish or withhold your directory onformation at any time. The initial setting is to publish your directory information
Note: If you choose to withhold publication of your directory information it affects whether your enrollment/degrees can be verified to parties with whom you have a relationship and/or prospective employers.
Brave Space Alliance is the first Black-led, trans-led LGBTQ Center located on the South Side of Chicago, dedicated to creating and providing affirming, culturally competent, for-us by-us resources, programming, and services for LGBTQ individuals on the South and West sides of the city. We strive to empower, embolden, and educate each other through mutual aid, knowledge-sharing, and the creation of community-sourced resources as we build toward the liberation of all oppressed peoples.
The Chicago Gender Society is organized and operated for social, charitable and educational purposes. More specifically, CGS is a social, and educational organization for all members of the Transgender community, their supporters and for the benefit of the public. The goal of CGS is to provide social and educational activities for its members, the transgender community and its supporters and the general public. It seeks to promote a positive self-image for transgender individuals in the business community, in the media and the general public. CGS is neither a therapy group nor a dating service. Each member is responsible for their own conduct.
Chicago Women’s Health Center (CWHC) is a collective that includes health care providers, counselors, outreach health educators, and doctors who work together to provide health education and affordable, respectful, and accessible gynecological and mental health care to women and trans people in the Chicago area. In 1975, a group of women healthcare providers and activists formed the health center for women in the community.
Genderqueer Chicago is a free and open community group whose mission is to: bring people together to talk and think about gender in new ways; increase visibility of gender variant people; and educate the larger Chicago community on issues of importance to people in the gender variant community.
Genderqueer Chicago holds weekly safe discussion meetings, create city-wide activities, and host a community blog. This blog, like all GqC events and activities, is open to anyone who wants to talk or think about gender or identity.
Genderqueer Chicago is not an activist group or political campaign. Genderqueer Chicago is an inclusive community, and anyone wishing to take part is considered family.
GenderWork is Chicago's social, support, and activist group for FTM (female-to-male) female-assigned, masculine-identified individuals. Whether you are pre-op, post-op, non-op, on T or not, GenderWork welcomes you. This includes but is not limited to FTMs, transgendered men, transsexual men, transmen, intersex transmen, genderqueer folks, butches, transitioned men, transguys, bois, drag kings, bi/poly/pan/omni gendered, stone butches, trannyfags, two spirit, tomboys, femme tg bois, and non-gendered folks...wherever you are on the gender spectrum or in your journey of transition (or non transition), or if you are just questioning, please join GenderWork!
Illinois Gender Advocates (IGA) is the organization in Illinois performing public advocacy for transgender people. We petition for changes in the law and provide public education about transgenderism. Membership in Illinois Gender Advocates is open to all. IGA welcomes everyone who believes in the importance of achieving equal rights for gender variant people. IGA members include all sexual orientations and gender identities. Those who identify as transgendered represent all aspects of the transgender spectrum: bigender, transsexuals, transgender men and transgender women, genderqueer, friends and family.
REFUGE is a web application that seeks to provide safe restroom access for transgender, intersex, and gender nonconforming individuals. When the Safe2Pee website passed out of functionality it left a hole in our hearts. REFUGE picks up the torch where Safe2Pee left off and makes the valuable resource available to those who find themselves in need of a place to pee safely once again. Users can search for restrooms by proximity to a search location, add new restroom listings, as well as comment and rate existing listings. We seek to create a community focused not only on finding existing safe restroom access but also looking forward and participating in restroom advocacy for transgender, intersex, and gender nonconforming folk.
The Transformative Justice Law Project of Illinois (TJLP) is a collective of radical lawyers, social workers, activists, and community organizers who are deeply committed to prison abolition, transformative justice, and gender self-determination.
TYRA's vision is to create a community that celebrates the inherent worth and dignity of every person, regardless gender identity or gender expression. Most transgender youth feel unsafe in school because of gender identity or expression. The rate of dropout, suicide and homelessness is disproportionately high. Illinois Gender Advocates’ TYRA program serves as a resource for youth, their parents, schools, counselors, care providers and others. TYRA provides a weekly drop-in center: a safe, confidential place for youth, ages of 14 to 24, to come and meet other transgender or questioning youth. TYRA advocates on behalf of transgender youth for inclusive services and programs at schools, social service agencies, foster care facilities, and other agencies.