Clinic Releases Report on Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Policies at Columbia University
New York, May 8, 2015—Columbia Law School’s Sexuality and Gender Law Clinic released a report today that compares Columbia University’s policies on transgender and gender non-conforming students to best practices at peer institutions and makes recommendations for how to improve the policies in the future.
- the creation of a university-wide center for LGBTQ students to facilitate access to information about resources and assistance;
- that all Columbia-affiliated schools formally adopt an anti-discrimination policy that prohibits discrimination based on gender identity and expression;
- that all schools encourage community members to participate in Columbia’s Safe Zone program, an LGBTQ training tool for staff, faculty, and administrators that provides a way for participants to display their support for transgender and gender non-conforming students;
- the expansion of gender-inclusive bathrooms on campus, including with the addition of gender-inclusive locker rooms at Dodge Fitness Center;
- and the implementation of a preferred name option in the university registrar database without requiring proof of a legal name change.