Trans* on Campus
If you identify as trans* (transgender, gender non-conforming, transsexual, or genderqueer) or if you are exploring aspects of your gender identity, the Office for Gender and Sexual Diversity (OGSD) can help you to connect with other trans* and allied students on campus; obtain information about resources on campus and in the New Orleans community; navigate the logistics of transitioning on campus; work with you to change your name on your transcripts and within University records; help you to obtain a new Tulane ID card; transfer from Newcomb to Tulane College or vice versa; and, find trans* friendly staff members in other departments (including counselors, health professionals, professors, etc.). At any stage in your process, your desire for confidentiality will be respected.
Primary Care at the Student Health Center
Trans* individuals can expect high quality care from the Student Health Center. Dr. James Farrow, as well as the center’s nurses, are trained and have experience working with trans* patients. The Student Health Center:
- ensures that all students are referred to by their preferred name and gender pronouns
- provides hormone replacement therapy via the informed consent method
- fills prescriptions for hormone replacement therapy
- administers STI treatments to trans* patients
- gives referrals for personal trainers, psychologists/counselors, and hair removal specialists who have experience with trans* and gender non-conforming patients
The staff provides non-judgmental care and respect, protecting your rights and privacy in delivering health services. Click here for more information.
Although Tulane University does not provide gender-inclusive housing, Tulane offers two Living Learning Communities that are dedicated to multicultural, gender, and sexual diversity: Mo’ 5 and Willows of Culture House. Located on the fifth floor of Monroe, Mo’ 5 is designed to offer first-year students the experience of living in an inclusive, diverse, dynamic, and close-knit community and opportunities to grow as agents of social change. Mo’ 5 is a socially just living and learning community based on mutual respect, regardless of race, ethnicity, gender identity or expression, sex, age, class, sexual orientation, religious preference, ability/disability and/or international status. Each member of this community is valued for their unique backgrounds, life experiences, and complex social identities. At the crossroads of diverse cultures, residents have the opportunity to learn about themselves and their peers in an atmosphere of respect and appreciation. Additionally, students develop unique knowledge bases, consciousness, and skills that enable them to effectively participate and take leadership roles in a globalizing and diverse world.
The Willows of Culture House, located on the 4th floor of Willow Residences, is designed to offer upper-class students the opportunity to live and learn with other students who are interested in the interdisciplinary study of gender, sexuality, race, and ethnicity. Throughout the year, in an informal setting, students will be introduced to scholars, community organizers and artists who draw upon gender/sexuality/race/ethnic studies to inform their work.
Regardless of where you would like to live, we will do everything to accommodate you, including helping you find the best room/roommate assignment. You may request a single, a private/suite style (locked door, single-stall, single shower) bathroom, or to live with a male or female roommate. Most dorms have some rooms that have private and semi-private bathrooms. Wall Residential College and Paterson House both feature suite-style bathrooms that include a toilet and a shower; students can live in Wall for 1-4 years.
Single-User and Gender-Neutral Restrooms
Tulane University has several single-user gender-inclusive restrooms located around campus, and even more single-stall, male/female restrooms. The following list, though not exhaustive, provides some options across campus.
If you know of a single-user restroom that is not listed here, please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org with the building name and floor. A more frequently updated and comprehensive map is available HERE
- Lavin-Bernick Center (LBC): First floor, left of the LBC quad entry
- Alcee Fortier Hall: All floors, marked “Unisex/Handicapped”
- Gibson: Basement, in the middle of the main hallway.
- Reily Student Recreation Center: First floor, past reception, marked “Family”
- Wall Lobby: Right of the piano room/library
- Willow C Lobby: First floor, to the right upon entrance
Reily Student Recreation Center
If you are comfortable using male or female locker rooms, both the men's and women's locker rooms in the Reily Student Recreation Center have showers with curtains to maintain privacy. For more privacy, Reily also has a single-user gender-inclusive toilet and shower marked “Family Changing Room.” This private bathroom/shower, which is located on the first floor, just past the reception desk, is available upon a key request from the entrance attendance. To store your belongings while using the single-user bathroom, lockers are available in the hallway.
Tulane University 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 for the purpose of intramural sports is the gender listed with the University.
Preferred Name and Pronouns
It is often the case that students have preferred names and pronouns that do not match the official state issued documents that the University uses for its records. For changes to be registered on most university documents, you must first change them on a state issued id and then submit a change request to the university.
However, even without official documents, you can begin to use your preferred name and pronouns. Upon request, the director of the Office for Gender and Sexual Diversity will send a letter to your professors, housing staff, coaches, and/or other staff notifying them that your preferred name and pronouns are different form those on official documents. This can be useful to do before the semester begins, so that everyone is up to date before your start classes. However, it can also be done at anytime of the year. Simply send an email to email@example.com with the emails of the professors and or staff that you would like to be notified.
At the Student Health Center, you do not need to have a legally changed name in order to be called by your preferred name and pronouns. You can put your preferred name and pronouns in the “Nick Name” box on your health care forms. This will then be applied to all future forms.
Gender Changes on Official Records
To enter a change in gender, the registrarrequires a written, signed statement from the student requesting a gender change on your record in the student information system. Your ID number will not change.
Name Changes on Official Records
In order to change your name on official documents (i.e. Tulane Phonebook, class registration, attendance lists, Splash Card, Wavemail), the registrarrequires 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. Upon changing your name with the registrar, you can acquire a Splash Card (Student ID) reflecting this change by going to Card Services. Without state issued documents, the registrar is unable to change your name in their databases.
Student ID (Splash Card)
Although your Splash Card won't have any sort of gender marker, it will have your name as it is entered in the registrar system. Should you wish to change the name on your Splash Card, you will need to submit a state issued document to the registrar—either an official court document or a valid driver's license or state identification card with the new gender displayed.
In order to change the name displayed in Tulane Wavemail, you will need to submit a state issued document to the registrar—either an official court document or a valid driver's license or state identification card with the new name displayed. After you change your name with the registrar, you can then contact firstname.lastname@example.org inform them of the change, and they will change your email to reflect that.
Office of the Registrar
110 Gibson Hall