Transgender Student Services

The Title IX Office is here to support you in accessing services and responding to violations of USD’s Policy Prohibiting Discrimination and Harrassment. See below for information regarding accommodations and services available on campus.

USD’s policy and California law prohibit discrimination on the basis of gender identity, gender expression, and sexual orientation. If you experience discrimination based upon a trans, nonbinary, or gender nonconforming identity, gender expression, or sexuality, the Title IX Office exists to protect you. To share a concern or file a report, you can email our office or visit us in Maher Hall (room 101) for more.

Additional information about LGBTQ+ programs and services can also be found here.

Gender Inclusive Resources

Name Change

Preferred Name Protocol
Any student who wishes to be identified within the university’s information systems with a preferred first name may request this change. Your chosen name will be used in university systems except where the use of the legal first name is necessitated by university business or a legal requirement (e.g. diplomas, transcripts).  To update your record with your chosen name, complete the request form on the ‘Personal Information’ Channel of the My San Diego portal. For further instructions and frequently asked questions around this policy, visit One Stop’s Preferred Name Protocol.

Legal Name Change
If you change your legal name, you can work with the Office of the Registrar to change your name in official campus records (inclusive of legal documents and your email address). The university is required to receive supporting legal documentation in order to process this request. You can submit this request and your documentation to the Office of the Registrar in Founders Hall, 117.

New Campus Card
After completing either the preferred or legal name change, Campus Card Services can print you a corrected ID card at no cost. To make this a smooth process for you, we recommend letting the Title IX office know when you’re going to visit Campus Card Services (the front desk staff are student workers who are accustomed to charging for issuing ID cards).

Gender Markers

The Title IX Office is the point of contact for students looking to correct their gender marker on record. If you do not identify with the gender marker on your record, send a simple email to Nicki Veloz, our Title IX Coordinator, to request a change. No further documentation is required. At this time, the only available options within the system are on the gender binary or "not available."  Requesting that your gender marker show as not available indicates that your record does not disclose any gender identity.

USD Law School Name & Gender-Marker Change Clinic
The Name and Gender-Marker Change Clinic, a project of Pride Law at the University of San Diego School of Law, is now operating online via Zoom. This free clinic assists transgender and non-binary San Diegans in changing their names and/or gender-markers legally. Clinics are now held on the second Tuesday of each month beginning at 6:30 pm. Please email transclinic.sandiego@gmail.com if you're interested in learning more or scheduling an appointment. Please note that while the clinic is able to assist both minors and adults, they can only assist minors if at least one parent is on board and is willing to sign our intake paperwork and attend the clinic with their child.

On-Campus Housing

All of USD’s on campus residential options are gendered. Typically, students are assigned housing based upon the binary gender marker data collected during the admissions process. To secure a housing assignment most comfortable for you, contact Brandon McCreary (brandonmccreary@sandiego.edu). 

Housing accommodations are unique for each person and their needs. Some of the types of accommodations and services Brandon can assist with include:

  • Ensuring housing in one of the first year residence halls with an all gender restroom in the building
  • Review bathroom set-up for suite style housing options
  • Exploring a single occupancy dorm option
  • Changing your housing assignment to accurately reflect your gender identity

Campus Services

All Gender Restrooms
We have eleven all gender restrooms on campus, all of which are single use bathrooms. You can locate these restrooms on USD’s  Interactive Map by searching “Gender Inclusive Restrooms.” The changemaker org, Pee in Peace, exists to advocate for expanding this resource.

LGBTQ+ & Allies Commons
As an engaged, contemporary Catholic university, USD is dedicated to creating a world where respect, compassion, and dignity is due to all. The LGBTQ+ & Allies Commons exists to support this mission, providing a physical space, community groups, and educational programs around LGBTQIA+ culture and concerns.

Policies and Reporting Protocols

Policy Prohibiting Discrimination and Harassment
Hate Crimes & Acts of Intolerance Policy & Reporting
Sexual Misconduct and Relationship Violence Reporting and Response Standards and Protocols

 

Campus Education & Resources

Gender Affirming Strategies
Guidelines for Gender Inclusive Design
Safe Space Allies
Rainbow Educators (workshops available to campus partners by request)