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Trans Policies

Faculty and Staff
Employee Records

Trans employees are welcomed and respected at the University of Richmond. Employees can seek assistance with questions regarding using their preferred name and/or gender by contacting the HR Solution Center (804) 289-8747.

Transition Coverage for University of Richmond Employees

The University of Richmond's insurance coverage through Anthem has some options for covering the cost of transition for trans employees. Anthem's policy outlines what procedures are covered under what circumstances. If, after reading the policy, employees have additional questions, they should contact Anthem’s customer service. The customer service phone number can be found on the back of the employee’s health insurance card.

To access the policy, go to the Anthem website, select provider portal for Virginia, then coverage and clinical UM guidelines, then coverage and clinical UM guidelines (local plan members). Click continue, then coverage guidelines, and search for gender reassignment surgery.

Support & Education

Non-Discrimination Policy

The University of Richmond prohibits discrimination and harassment against applicants, students, faculty or staff on the basis of race, religion, national or ethnic origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, status as a veteran or any classification protected by local, state or federal law.

Common Ground & LGBTQ Campus Life

The Office of Common Ground's LGBTQ Campus Life initative offers serveral support programs for trans students, faculty, and staff.  Common Ground coordinates the Trans @ UR Website as well as several other LGBTQ initatives including:

Trainings & Workshops

Common Ground in conjunction with Human Resources has created an online module, Understanding Trans to train our facutly,staff and students.  Additionally, Common Ground offers the Safe Zone Ally program for students, faculty, and staff to learn more about the experiences and issues facing LGBTQ people on our campus.

Collecting Gender Data on Forms

Being inclusive of gender identity on forms can be complicated.  Common Ground recommends utilizing the following options when asking gender on forms and surveys:

  • Man
  • Woman
  • Trans
  • Other
  • Prefer Not to Answer
Student Records

Using a Preferred Name on Campus

Beginning in January 2014 any student at the University of Richmond can indicatetheir preferred first name to the university community regardless of whether or not they have legally changed their name.

Choosing a preferred name in BannerWeb will automatically change which name appears in many internal locations throughout the University.  However, there are some areas of campus that require the use of a legal name.  For the full policy please visit the Registrar's website.

Coordinate College Affiliation

Richmond College and Westhampton College are committed to supporting all students as they grow and develop during their time at the University of Richmond. Both colleges view building and supporting an inclusive community as core values. College affiliation provides students with a sense of community, traditions, and connections with others within the larger University environment.
Every undergraduate student at the University is assigned to either Richmond College or Westhampton College based on their gender at admission. While every student must have a college affiliation we understand that one's gender identity can be fluid, can change, and could lead to a need or desire to change affiliation. Any student would like to switch their college affiliation from one college to the other should contact their dean — Dr. Joe Boehman for Richmond College at jboehman@richmond.edu or (804) 289-8061, or Dr. Mia Reinoso Genoni for Westhampton College at mgenoni@richmond.edu or (804) 289-8468 — to set up a time to discuss the process, as well as considerations to make in that transition.
College affiliation translates into several realities of which students should be aware when exploring the transition from one college to the other. These considerations include college-specific scholarships, traditions, and programmatic and educational opportunities arising from each college.

University of Richmond Non-Affiliated Diploma Option

Students may request a University of Richmond diploma that includes no reference to coordinate college affiliation.  Students should apply for graduation online and then visit the Registrar's Office in person to annotate their degree application print-out indicating their preference for a non-affiliated diploma. This policy was created to meet the needs of trans and gender independent students in particular.

This would include housing information and a statement from WC/RC Residence Life.
Student Health

Mental Health Support for Trans Students

Counseling And Psychologicla Services (CAPS) allows students to identify their sex/gender identity as “I identify as female”, “I identify as male,” or “I prefer not to answer,” and does not require students' identification be tied to the sex/gender that is listed on other university records.

No one currently on staff at CAPS is qualified to offer letters of support; however the following community provider is able to do so and is someone CAPS feels confident referring students to:

Dr. Lisa Griffin
 704-458-0433 
(www.drlisagriffin.com)

CAPS is oriented to providing short-term, solution-focused services.   When longer-term therapy is indicated, the CAPS may refer students to resources off-campus.

For more information, view the CAPS website (http://wellness.richmond.edu/offices/caps/index.html), or visit CAPS (201 Richmond Hall) to make an appointment.

The Student Health Center provides care to any student seeking evaluation and treatment for an acute or chronic illness, injury or other medical concern.  For students seeking to initiate transition, we can provide information about local resources and referral to local specialists.  For students already in transition, we can coordinate care with your current physician to provide support for ongoing treatment by renewing prescription medications, administering injectable medications and referral to local specialists, if the need arises.

The Student Health Center (SHC) is supportive of a fully inclusive campus and all staff members are Safe Zone trained. We actively encourage students to share their gender identity, preferred name and preferred pronoun and to update this information at any time. The clinicians at the SHC follow the best practices for transgender health care, as outlined by the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) in their Standards of Care for the Health of Transsexual, Transgender and Gender Nonconforming People.

The current student health insurance plan may not provide benefits for treatments associated with transitioning. For information regarding covered benefits, please visit

https://www.gallagherkoster.com/students/student-home.php?idField=1269&KosterWebSID=gdgrrk8kk1f0i3fkn0a2rll9u1

For additional information about the SHC, view the SHC website (http://wellness.richmond.edu/offices/healthcenter/index.html), call Dial- A- Nurse (804- 289-8700) or visit the office on the first floor of the Special Programs Building.

Student Life
Career Opportunities

The Office of Alumni and Career Services is a supportive ally of the trans community and provides targeted career resources for trans students and alumni. Seven of our staff members are Safe Zone trained.

Resources:

  •     Out for Work promotes career education and opportunities for LGBTQ college students
  •     The Transgender Job Bank offers employment opportunities for the worldwide trans community
Religious & Spritual Life

The Chaplaincy at the University of Richmond is dedicated to supporting all students, and works to help them find a religious or spiritual community that meets their needs. LGBTQ students are often looking for a welcoming and affirming faith community and our connections to several campus ministries, as well as community congregations, can assist in finding a spiritual home. For guidance in this area, contact Emily Cobb, director of multifaith initiatives.

Student Organizations

The University of Richmond offers several opportunities for students to get involved in student organizations. There are two groups on campus that specifically work with the LGBTQ community and may provide assistance for trans students seeking support:

Athletics, Recreation and Wellness
Department of Athletics

The Department of Athletics is committed to providing a positive experience and to enabling all student-athletes to fully participate in intercollegiate athletics without regard to race, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression as indicated by NCAA and university policies as well as federal and state laws.

The department seeks to create an environment that is safe, supportive and welcoming for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans students and student-­athletes, university staff members, faculty, volunteers, boosters and fans through its policies, practices and treatment of all individuals and groups that are impacted through intercollegiate sport competition.

To achieve these goals, the university's athletics policy is reflective of the values of the institution as embedded in The Richmond Promise and has been shaped using the recommended guidelines and principles of the NCAA Office of Inclusion.

Recreation and Wellness

The Department of Recreation and Wellness strives to offer a welcoming environment to all of our members. We believe that everyone should have equal access to our facilities and programs, allowing members to participate in the gender they identify with.

Community Sauna

All members, regardless of gender, are required to stay clothed while using the community sauna.

Sport Clubs

Individual sport club governing bodies determine eligibility requirements; if an individual club does not have guidelines, then the NCAA standards will be adhered to as stated:
A trans male (female to male) student-athlete who has received a medical exception for treatment with testosterone for gender transition may compete on a men’s team but is no longer eligible to compete on a women’s team without changing the team status to a mixed team. A mixed team is eligible only for men’s championships. A trans female (male to female) student-athlete being treated with testosterone suppression medication for gender transition may continue to compete on a men’s team but may not compete on a women’s team without changing it to a mixed team status until completing one calendar year of documented testosterone-suppression treatment.

Intramurals

Students, faculty, and staff may participate in intramural sports according to their designation in the University of Richmond’s coordinate college system and Bannerweb.

Fitness

Fitness and wellness programs are open to all members, regardless of gender. Certain assessments or consultations may request a person’s biological sex in order for results to return accurate information.

Weinstein Center Locker Room Policy

The Weinstein Center for Recreation & Wellness works to create a welcoming and inclusive space where everyone has access to locker room and bathroom facilities that are safe, comfortable, and convenient. To that end we strive to provide privacy in our locker rooms, including private showers and changing cubicles. Additionally we offer the use of the Universal Locker Room on the first floor, which is a single-use lockable space designed for added privacy (see sign below) and gender-inclusive restrooms on the second floor (also single-use and lockable).

Sport Clubs

Individual sport club governing bodies determine eligibility requirements; if an individual club does not have guidelines, then the NCAA standards will be adhered to as stated below:

A trans male (female to male) student-athlete who has received a medical exception for treatment with testosterone for gender transition may compete on a men’s team but is no longer eligible to compete on a women’s team without changing the team status to a mixed team. A mixed team is eligible only for men’s championships. A trans female (male to female) student-athlete being treated with testosterone suppression medication for gender transition may continue to compete on a men’s team but may not compete on a women’s team without changing it to a mixed team status until completing one calendar year of documented testosterone-suppression treatment.

Intramurals
Students, faculty, and staff may participate in intramural sports according to their designation in the University of Richmond's coordinate college system and Bannerweb.
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Facilities

The University of Richmond works hard to ensure our campus facilities meet the needs of all students, faculty, staff, and community visitors. To that end we are actively looking at current buildings and facilities to see how we can better serve our campus community. For example, we pledge that every future non-residential building on campus will have at least one gender-inclusive restroom. Additionally every future residential building on campus will be planned with trans students in mind.

Restrooms

The University of Richmond believes that individuals should use whatever restroom facility meets their individual needs. We also recognize that some individuals would prefer to use a gender-inclusive restroom and the University of Richmond has greated a Gender Inclusive Bathroom Guide to assist those looking for these on campus.

Weinstein Center Locker Rooms

The Weinstein Center for Recreation & Wellness works to create a welcoming and inclusive space where everyone has access to locker room and bathroom facilities that are safe, comfortable, and convenient. To that end we strive to provide privacy in our locker rooms, including private showers and changing cubicles. Additionally we offer the use of the Universal Locker Room on the first floor, which is a single-use lockable space designed for added privacy (see sign below) and gender-inclusive restrooms on the second floor (also single-use and lockable).