Future Husky FAQs
Are there any queer Student Groups on campus?
There are many student-run queer groups and groups that are identified as queer friendly. To check out the list of groups, please click here.
Are there other campus offices that are supportive of LGBTQ/ally students and issues?
What activities are sponsored on campus for LGBTQ/ally students?
The Rainbow Center offers weekly events such as social gatherings (Rainbow Lounge Presents – Fridays) and academic lectures (Out to Lunch – Thursdays). In addition, there are events planned throughout the semester, such as queer artists concerts, educational workshops/lectures and more. October is LGBT awareness month for the University. To know what’s queer at the University of Connecticut – Storrs campus, please sign up for the Rainbow Center Newsletter.
Do LGBTQ-related bias incidents occur on campus?
Unfortunately, YES, as with most institutions across the country. The LGBTQ-related incidents most often heard about include: offensive graffiti; destruction of LGBTQ publicity materials; and insensitive or disrespectful questions and comments to transgender/nontraditionally-gendered students in restrooms. But one can report a bias crime to the Rainbow Center, the UConn Police, Office of Student Services and Advocacy, or any other cultural center. To see the number of bias crimes that occur on campus, please refer to the UConn Police’s Uniform Crime Report (UCR).
Are sexual orientation and gender identity included in the non-discrimination policy?
Yes, Connecticut law includes sexual orientation and gender identity in their non-discrimination policy which includes public schools (like UConn), employment and housing. UConn’s non-discrimination policy:
The University of Connecticut does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religious creed, age, sex, marital status, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, genetic information, physical or mental disabilities (including learning disabilities, intellectual disabilities, past/present history of a mental disorder), prior conviction of a crime (or similar characteristic), workplace hazards to reproductive systems, gender identity or expression, or other legally protected classifications in its programs and activities as required by Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and other applicable statutes and University policies. The University of Connecticut prohibits sexual harassment, including sexual violence.
Can I find supportive faculty and staff easily?
Yes, UCONN has a safe zone program which trains staff and faculty members who publicly support GLBTQA students. Look for the Husky Ally Safe Zone sticker around campus.
Does UConn offer a Queer Studies degree?
UConn does not officially offer a degree in Queer Studies, but one can create a degree in Queer Studies through the Individualized & Interdisciplinary Studies Program. Recently, the Women’s Studies expanded to Women’s, Gender, and Sexualities Studies. In addition, please consult the queer course listing page.
Does UConn offer queer housing or gender-neutral housing?
Yes and no. Although there is no specifically “queer” floor or residence, there are 30 gender-neutral spots in five 2-room suites in Garrigus Suites.
For the 2007-2008 Academic Year, the Department of Residential Life (ResLife) tried out a “gender free” housing option in one suite on-campus on a trial basis – this was a suite with 2 rooms attached through a shared bathroom and 3 students assigned to each room (6 students total in the suite) and this was a mix of male and female students assigned together in each room of the suite; a group of students who wanted that option and we worked with during the previous spring semester to place together for the following year. ResLife found this was a positive experience for the students and decided to expand this option and continue to offer it to our returning residents.
The Gender Free housing on-campus remains primarily for returning students, but ResLife will accept requests from new students if they would like this option. If space is available in Gender Free Housing, ResLife will offer it to new students who request it.
ResLife has found the Gender Free option to be desirable to some of the LGBTQA students on-campus, but through focus groups ResLife has found that not all members in this community necessarily identify themselves as LGBTQA or as friends of LGBTQA. The students in Gender Free Housing have a wide variety of reasons for wanting this housing option.
Regarding transgender, genderqueer, and student seeking gender-neutral housing for other reasons (such as a brother and sister who want to live together), ResLife doesn’t ask students for their reasons for applying for Gender Free housing, though sometimes they do self-disclose their reasons. ResLife is careful to grant specific roommate requests for those students who apply for Gender Free Housing – they very often have specific individual(s) they want as roommates. Through assessments ResLife has done for the students living in Gender Free Housing, their reasons for this housing option has included their self-identity as transgender or LGBTQA; or they want to live with friends and/or siblings who are a mix of male and female students; or they don’t tend to get along as well with students of the same gender and want roommates who identitfy as another gender.
All of the rooms in Gender Free Housing are currently located in 6-person/2-bedroom suites on-campus. There are 2 bedrooms in each suite connected through the bathroom for that suite; 3 students live in each bedroom of the suite (6 students total in each suite). ResLife sets aside 30 spaces (5 suites total) for Gender Free Housing on-campus. A mix of male and female students will be assigned together within the same suite.
Anyone interested in applying for any open spot should contact the Department of Residential Life.
Are there unisex bathrooms on campus?
Yes there are, for a list of them, please click here.