Are there any queer Student Groups on campus?
There are many student-run queer groups and groups that are identified as queer friendly. Check out our list of groups>>
Are there other campus offices that are supportive of LGBTQ/ally students and issues?
Yes! Some offices collaborate often with the Rainbow Center, including but not limited to:
What activities are sponsored on campus for LGBTQ/ally students?
The Rainbow Center offers weekly 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 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 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. 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 allows for same-gender, opposite-gender or other-gender identities to live together regardless of biological sex. Students living in Gender Inclusive Housing are assigned to the 3rd floor of Whitney Hall in East Campus primarily two people in each room. Gender Transitioning Students: Students who are undergoing a gender transition process can find resources available at http://equity.uconn.edu/additional-resources/.
For anyone interested in learning more about the Gender Inclusive Housing as well as all of the other Learning Communities and Special Interest Housing, visit http://reslife.uconn.edu/special-interest-housing/.
Are there unisex bathrooms on campus?
Yes there are, for a list of them, please click here.