Suffolk University is committed to creating an affirming community for our transgender, genderqueer, and gender non-conforming students, faculty, and staff.

We are currently in the process of assessing the needs of our Trans community and will updating this page frequently over the coming year. Developing this Trans resource page is a core initiative for the Office of Diversity Services. 

We encourage Trans students who are navigating campus services to reach out to our office for support and guidance when needed.

 

  • Living on Campus

    Our campus partners in Residence Life & Housing will work with all students to find a housing situation that is affirming and will support each student’s academic growth.

    If you have concerns about housing, please be in touch with Jesse Beal, Assistant Director of The Office of Diversity Services. 

  • Student Health Insurance

    Starting August 21, 2014, transition-related care will be covered by our student health insurance plan for the 2014-2015 academic year. For more information, please contact our office. 

    The 2013-2014 student health insurance plan does not cover transition-related medical care. 

  • Non-Discrimination Policy

    The Suffolk University statement of non-discrimination includes both gender identity and expression. If you feel that you have experienced a bias related incidence on this campus, please consider reporting it to the Bias Incident Response Team.

  • Gender-Inclusive Restrooms

    As a part of our institutional commitment to fostering an inclusive campus for all members of our community, including visitors, Suffolk University has gender-inclusive restrooms in most of our buildings. One aspect of creating an inclusive environment is providing safe, accessible, and convenient restroom facilities. Many people may experience difficulty and inconvenience when required to use gender-specific restrooms. Transgender, gender non-conforming, and non-binary individuals as well as parents with children of different genders and community members with attendants or caregivers of a different gender benefit from gender-inclusive restroom facilities

    If you have questions about gender-inclusive restrooms, please see our Frequently Asked Questions section below.

    Single-use Gender-Inclusive Restrooms:

    Building

    Floor

    Location

    Type

    Accessible?

    73 Tremont Street

    No Inclusive Restrooms

    One Beacon Street

    No Inclusive Restrooms

    Sawyer Building

    3

    Two next to elevators.

    Single-Occupancy

    Yes

    8

    Two next to elevators.

    Single-Occupancy

    Yes

    12

    Next to kitchen/lounge area. Labeled "WC" for "Water Closet."

    Single-Occupancy

    Yes

    20 Somerset

    All Floors   (Except Café)

    Across from Women’s Room

    Single-Occupancy

    Yes

    Ridgeway Gym

    Basement

    2 near water fountain

    Single-Occupancy

    Yes

    40 Court Street

    No Inclusive Restrooms

    Sargent Hall

    4

    2 in Suite 495 (near Dean’s Office)

    Single-Occupancy

    Yes

    5

    Room 5523 – near Men’s Room

    Single-Occupancy

    Yes

    Miller Residence Hall

    1

    1 by elevators

    Single-Occupancy

    Yes

    3

    Far side of Café

    Single-Occupancy

    Yes

    10 West

    1

    Near Res Life Office

    Single-Occupancy

    Yes

    2

    In Mezzanine

    Single-Occupancy

    Yes

    150 Tremont

    No Inclusive Restrooms

    Modern Theatre

    No Inclusive Restrooms

    Please check out the campus map to locate the buildings listed above. If you would like the Gender-Inclusive Restrooms Guide postcard, you can pick one up in our office.

    Frequently Asked Questions:

    To aid in the transition from gender-specific to gender-inclusive restrooms we have compiled a list of frequently asked questions to help guide you in your conversations with students and other faculty and staff members. If you need further assistance, please contact the Center for Student Diversity and Inclusion diversity@suffolk.edu or 617-573-8613. You can also feel free to direct students to our office, which is located in Sawyer Building, Room 828.

    What is a gender-inclusive restroom?

    Gender-inclusive restrooms are bathroom facilities that anyone of any, or no, gender can use. In contrast, gender-specific bathrooms are those that mark “men” or “women” on the door.

    Why are they important?

    Gender-inclusive restrooms are an important way to create a safer campus environment for transgender, genderqueer, and gender non-conforming members of the Suffolk community as well as for community members who have children of different genders and those who have attendants or caregivers of a different gender. They are also a means by which our community can demonstrate our commitment to inclusion and diversity.

    Specifically, for transgender, genderqueer, and gender non-conforming individuals, gender-specific restrooms can be a place where they are met with intimidation, harassment, and/or violence. These individuals are sometimes deemed to be in the “wrong” bathroom. Having a safe place to go is a fundamental concern for this community.

    Why was this restroom selected?

    This restroom was selected because it is a highly trafficked student area without a gender-inclusive bathroom.

    I am uncomfortable using the restroom with people of other genders. What does this mean for me?

    All buildings that have gender-inclusive restrooms will continue to have gender-specific rooms on most floors. You will continue to have access to these restrooms.

    With that said, change can be uncomfortable. As we make alterations to increase access and education on this topic, we all have the opportunity to commit to adjusting to the changes before us. Sharing a restroom with other genders can be new and different. This might be an opportunity to engage critically with yourself around your ideas of sex, gender, modesty, comfort, public/private spaces, and social practices. Of course you are free to choose if you will use gender-specific or gender-inclusive restrooms.

    Where are the closest gender-specific restrooms?

    All buildings that have gender-inclusive restrooms will continue to have gender-specific rooms on most floors. If the only option on the floor you are on is an inclusive restroom, the floors above and below will have gender-specific alternatives.

    What is a multi-use restroom?

    A multi-use restroom is a restroom in which more than one person can use the restroom facilities at the same time.

    Will women be less safe in gender-inclusive restrooms?

    When some people hear about gender-inclusive restrooms their first reaction is to feel concern for women’s safety. However, the research in this area shows that women are currently not protected by the existence of gender-specific restrooms. The designation of a restroom as “women only” does not provide a real barrier to potential predators. Gender-specific restrooms do not prevent sexual assault. In addition, there has never been a study that has proven that the designation of gender-inclusive restrooms increases incidents of sexual assault. Of course, people who are uncomfortable or who feel unsafe using a gender-inclusive restroom have the option of using a gender-specific restroom within a close proximity of anywhere they are on campus.

    Why aren’t all of the restrooms becoming gender-inclusive restrooms?

    We are striving for inclusion and inclusion means having a multiplicity of options. We want to provide restrooms that work for our entire Suffolk community. Therefore, we will be keeping gender-specific restrooms.

    Important Terminology:

    Some of these terms were used above, please use this list as a reference.

    Birth Assigned Sex – the designation that refers to a person’s biological, morphological, hormonal, and genetic composition. One’s sex is typically assigned at birth and classified as either male or female.

    Cisgender – individuals whose gender identity and expression line up with their birth-assigned sex.

    Gender Expression – a person’s presentation of their gender. These outward expressions of gender can be intentional or unintentional and involve one’s mannerisms, clothing, hair, speech, clothing, and activities (and more!).

    Gender Identity – a person’s innate sense of their own gender: being a man, a woman, a girl, a boy, in between, or outside of the gender binary.

    Gender Non-Conforming: person that challenges the gender binary by identifying or performing their gender outside in a way that does not conform to dominant constructions of masculinity and femininity.

    GenderQueer – an identity term for a person who may not identify with and/or express themselves within the gender binary.

    Transsexual – people who change their presentation to express their gender identity. Examples of these transitions might include: changing one’s name, pronouns, hair, or manner of dress, and medical transitions, like gender affirmation surgery, hormone replacement therapy.

    Transgender or trans: is an umbrella term for people who do not identify with their assigned birth sex and/or whose gender expressions do not conform to societal expectations. Trans encompasses many different gender identities and expressions. Many people who do not identify as trans but still face discrimination due to a real or perceived gender transgression.

  • Name Change, Gender Change, and ID Cards

    Students who are interested in changing their name and/or gender on university records should be in touch with our office. We will act as a liaison on this area and help you navigate the process.

    Law School students are welcome to use our office as a resource, but can also reach out to the Law School Dean of Students Office.