Are there any LGBTQIA+ Student Groups on campus?
There are many student-run queer groups and groups that are identified as queer friendly. The Queer Collective will be a new approach to our student-led discussion groups. Be on the lookout for more information.
What activities are sponsored on campus for LGBTQIA+ students?
The Rainbow Center offers events such as social gatherings (Friday Night Socials) and academic lectures (Out to Lunch – Wednesdays). In addition, there are events planned throughout the semester, such as concerts, educational workshops/lectures, game nights, and more. October is LGBTQIA+ History Month, so there tends to be extra programming then. To learn more about what happens 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. One can report a bias incident to the Rainbow Center, the UConn Police, Office of Institutional Equity, 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 complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding non-discrimination, equal opportunity and affirmative action, including the provision of reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities. UConn 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 disability, veteran status, prior conviction of a crime, workplace hazards to reproductive systems, gender identity or expression, or political beliefs in its programs and activities. Employees, students, visitors, and applicants with disabilities may request reasonable accommodations to address limitations resulting from a disability. For questions or more information, please contact the Associate Vice President, Office of Institutional Equity, 241 Glenbrook Road, Unit 4175, Storrs, CT 06269-4175; Phone: (860) 486-2943; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org / Website: http://www.equity.uconn.edu.
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. Additionally, you could major in Women’s, Gender, and Sexualities Studies.
Does UConn offer gender inclusive housing?
Yes. The University of Connecticut seeks to provide a living environment welcoming to all gender identities; one not limited to the traditional gender binary. Gender Inclusive Housing is available through Residential Life.
Are there gender inclusive restrooms on campus?
Yes, there are gender inclusive restrooms on campus. In many buildings, either a single stall or gender inclusive restroom should exist. The Rainbow Center maintains a list and map of these gender inclusive and/or single stall restrooms.