Gender Identity and Expression

The University of Oregon has a history of creating a safe and positive space for all gender expressions. A memo was released by the UO administration to ensure that all students, faculty, and staff understand this commitment:

We write to reaffirm the university’s statement of philosophy and support for the gender identity and gender expression components to the Policy Statement on Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action at the University of Oregon.

When a member of the University of Oregon community enters gender transition, the university will be sensitive to the individual’s needs in adopting a new or evolving gender identity and will take those needs into consideration in decision-making. The university will work to create an environment that supports individuals in this process through education of staff, students, and faculty.

Russell S. Tomlin, Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs
Linda L. King, Associate Vice President for Human Resources
Robin Holmes, Vice President for Student Affairs

Click here to view a PDF of our current Gender Identity and Gender Expression Resource Guide and Map.

Support Services and Resources for Trans and Genderqueer Folks

Transitioning at the University of Oregon

The University of Oregon offers a multitude of resources and programs for students who are currently in or hoping to begin the process of transitioning while attending the University. A number of those resources are listed below and on this website. We at the LGBT Education and Support Services Program encourage all students who are or are hoping to begin transitioning to contact us as we may be able to provide individualized resources as well.

Documentation and Student Records

The LGBT Education and Support Services Program can work with all students interested in information on changing documentation at the University of Oregon. The University wants to support all students in having documentation and records that accurately reflect their gender identity.  Information on name changes can be found through the University Registrar. The LGBT Education and Support Services Program can help our trans students, faculty, and staff with any questions in an informed and supportive meeting.  Our goal is to make the process as accessible and affirming as possible.  Contact Maure Smith-Benanti, Assistant Director of the LGBTESSP, for more information.

Additionally, the LGBTESSP encourages students whose preferred name differs from their legal one to fill out the Preferred First Name form under "Personal Information" in DuckWeb. One can learn more about how this form works on the University Policy Library website. We also suggest that students contact their professors to share preferred first names and pronouns.

We recommend that students who wish to change their name of gender marker on state identification (birth certificate, driver's license, etc.) consult Lambda Legal, ResourcesPDX and the Oregon DMV website for more information. ResourcesPDX has a step by step guide to changing gender on legal identification documents in Oregon. Residents of Lane County can download the necessary gender and name change documents here.

Access for Hormone and Surgical Treatment

Transgender students who are considering hormones and/or surgical aspects of transitioning can visit this informational website hosted by our Counseling and Testing Center.  The UCTC offers a range of services from initial appointments and consultation and referral to hormone therapy from our University Health Center.  Visit their site for specific details.

Student Health Insurance

Beginning Fall 2010, the student health insurance plans no longer exclude coverage of medical and surgical treatment for transgender students.  Coverage for medical and surgical treatment will be the same as coverage for any student medical needs and will be subject to the same plan maximums, copays, and 6 month pre-existing exclusion if the student has been uninsured for more than 63 days.

Click here for the link to the Aetna Clinical Policy Bulletin related to Sex Reassignment Surgery.

Students with questions can contact the Student Health Insurance Office at:
University Health Center
Corner of 13th & Agate
Room 246

Gender Inclusive Spaces

The University of Oregon affirms the right of all people to use the restroom of the gender with which they identify. By fall 2015, the University of Oregon will have one gender-inclusive restroom in most campus buildings; as of August 2015, several buildings are already outfitted with gender-inclusive restroom signs. You can read more about the gender-inclusive restroom expansion on Around The O.

Currently, the UO Campus Map does not reflect accurate locations of gender-inclusive restrooms on campus. A list of current gender-inclusive restroom locations will be added to our site in the near future; please contact the LGBTESSP at or call 541-346-6105 for any questions.

Download our sign to promote gender-inclusivity in restrooms.

Gender Inclusive Housing
The University of Oregon affirms the right of all people to live in spaces that best meet the needs of gender with which they identify.  We have also created spaces on our campus that are focused on creating supportive and educational places in a gender-inclusive living environment. Visit our page regarding our Gender Inclusive Residence Halls under Learn More.

How to Report Bias Or Discrimination

The Bias Response Team (BRT)

The BRT comprises members of the Office of the Dean of Students, the Counseling and Testing Center, Office of Multicultural Academic Success, and numerous other offices across campus. It was formed specifically to obtain information about and respond to incidents of bias within our campus community. By filing a report, you add information to help us improve our campus and community climate. An online report form is available at

Office of Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity

The Office of Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity is responsible for working with all members of the University of Oregon community to ensure that the university is meeting the letter and spirit of its legal obligations related to affirmative action, equal opportunity, and nondiscrimination, and to support the university’s commitment to diversity.  Gender expression and gender identity are in the University of Oregon equal opportunity statement.

Student Conduct and Community Standards

The Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards strives to maintain and protect an environment conducive to learning. Please feel welcome to talk with a SCCS staff member when you feel your ability to learn and live as a student is affected by other students' behavior.

University of Oregon Police Department

Faculty, staff, and students are encouraged to report crimes to the University of Oregon Police Department. UOPD works closely with campus partners to ensure that reports regarding gender identity and gender expression are addressed in a professional and effective manner.  To file a report, contact UOPD directly.

University of Oregon Police Department
2141 E. 15th Ave.
Eugene, Oregon
(541) 346-2919

The Department Office is open Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
The University of Oregon Police Department's services are available twenty-four hours a day.

National Resources

American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)

The ACLU is our nation's guardian of liberty, working daily in courts, legislatures and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties that the Constitution and laws of the United States guarantee everyone in this country. It has specific resources for Trans* individuals and families, including Protecting the Rights of Transgender Parents and their Children: A Guide for Parents and Lawyers.