Transgender @ UConn: Resources and Policies


Student Health and Wellness – Mental Health


For students seeking assistance, SHaW – Mental Health therapists can provide both therapeutic support as well as letters for gender-related medical interventions as indicated in the course of therapy.

SHaW-Mental Health Philosophy of Clinical Practice

Student Health and Wellness – Mental Health (SHaW-MH) promotes and fosters the emotional and psychological growth and well-being of all students at UConn by providing a wide range of mental health services on campus. SHaW-MH staff has extensive experience in college counseling and is committed to providing high quality care in a safe, confidential and non-judgmental atmosphere. SHaW-MH uses a short-term, strengths focused, bio-psycho-social model of treatment that honors the fundamental dignity and striving of the human person. We work in close collaboration with other departments and community partners at UConn to achieve our goals.

Diversity Statement

Student Health and Wellness – Mental Health is committed to creating a safe and welcoming environment for the UConn community.  We celebrate and honor the uniqueness and diversity of all individuals. We promote social justice and inclusivity throughout UConn and the broader global community through our clinical, outreach, and training services.

Eligibility for Services at SHaW-MH

All registered students at the Storrs campus are eligible for services. Sometimes other persons important in your life, such a partner, spouse, or friend may be involved in the therapy process as well and do not have to be a UConn student. SHaW-MH can also provide support in locating off-campus therapy resources or referrals.

Services Provided at SHaW-MH

  • Individual therapy
  • Group therapy
  • Psychiatric services
  • Alcohol and other drug services
  • Consultation and Support Drop in services
  • Emergency assessment

Gender Affirmation Support

SHaW-MH therapists are open and affirming to students who wish to address issues related to sexuality, gender expression, and gender identity.

Office for Diversity and Inclusion


The Office for Diversity and Inclusion (ODI) lead by the Associate Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer, oversees diversity and inclusion programs at UConn. ODI’s team consists of: Assistant Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion, Director of Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives, Executive Assistant and the Directors of the following Centers: African American Cultural Center, Asian American Cultural Center, Puerto Rican/Latin American Cultural Center, Rainbow Center, Women’s Center and the Native American Cultural Program.

The goal of ODI is to cultivate a more diverse and inclusive academic community for all students, faculty, and staff as well as to further the University’s strategic priority of inspiring and developing student leaders who are prepared to live and work in a diverse global community. The office is located in Budds, Suite 311.

Office of the Registrar


Contact the Office of the Registrar for support with changing names on class rosters, diplomas, and more.

The Office of the Registrar supports the instructional and student progress endeavors of the University by providing quality services to students, faculty, academic and administrative departments, and the public.

Services provided by the Office of the Registrar include course record management, classroom assignment, final exam scheduling, publication of the Undergraduate Catalog and the final exam schedule, academic record creation and maintenance, student registration, grade processing, transcript issuance, degree auditing for graduation, and monitoring of academic and administrative policies.

One Card Office


The One Card Office can reprint cards if they are lost or edits to the card need to be made, such as name or an updated picture.

The One Card Office provides Husky One Cards to all students, employees and affiliates of the University.



The freshmen Orientation sessions are two days in length and involve overnight accommodations on-campus. If a student wishes to clarify their preferences for overnight housing, the student should contact the Director of Orientation Services.

Orientation is a program that helps first time degree seeking students make a smooth transition to the University of Connecticut at Storrs.  UConn’s Orientation programs are comprehensive and designed to cover all the academic and business processes that new students need to complete before they begin classes.  The freshman and transfer programs are designed with the specific needs of each population in mind. Orientation is mandatory for all first time degree-seeking students attending the Storrs campus.

Rainbow Center


The Rainbow Center works to ensure that members of the LGBTQIA+ community have the opportunity to learn, work, and grow in a supportive and safe environment, and provides resources and services to the wider community of students, faculty, staff, and local residents. The center acts as an accessible and safe space for reporting incidents of harassment or discrimination and strives to reduce the effects of alienation experienced by community members by diminishing negative behaviors and attitudes towards the LGBTQIA+ community through education and advocacy.

Residential Life


UConn Residential Life offers individualized support and assistance in navigating housing options for transitioning students.

UConn Residential Life enhances students’ personal, interpersonal, and intellectual growth by creating safe and inclusive environments, producing innovative programs and services, and fostering meaningful relationships.

Residential Life provides:

  • On campus housing for Undergraduate and Graduate students
  • Full-time professional staff who live and work in the Residence Halls
  • Over 300 Resident Assistants (RAs) located in Residence Halls who have received special training relative to student needs, campus resources, conflict resolution, and overall University policies and procedures

Student Health and Wellness – Medical Care


Student Health and Wellness – Medical Care (SHaW-MC) has trans-knowledgeable and trans-supportive college health professionals on staff in order to provide inclusive care, including gynecological services and access to sexual assault forensic examiners (SAFE) for Storrs campus students.

National data indicates that trans and gender-expansive patients often delay or do not seek preventive health care or sick care. SHaW-MC is committed to offering an environment that encourages students to seek healthcare that is inclusive and supportive of all sexual orientations, gender identities, and expressions.

Transgender Voice and Communication Services


The Transgender Voice and Communication group is designed for individuals pursuing vocal and communication changes related to gender identity.

The UConn Speech and Hearing Clinic provides a full range of treatment and evaluation services related to speech, language, and hearing. The Transgender Voice and Communication group meets once a week, and is facilitated by a speech-language pathologist and speech-language pathology graduate students. Individuals at any point in their gender transition are welcome.

Information Technology Services (ITS)


ITS can assist in modifying and managing names and account information on university directories and systems.

University Information Technology Services (UITS) provides IT systems, services, and capabilities that support the UConn community and institutional mission. In addition to providing foundational services, such as the network, server support, classroom technology, security, and applications, that enable contemporary and safe computing at UConn, UITS also delivers IT support to all faculty, staff, and students.


University-Wide Announcement, February 2017

Protections and Resources for Transgender Students and Employees at UConn

Policy on Affirmative Action and Equal Employment Opportunity

“Equal employment opportunity (EEO) means nondiscrimination – that is, hiring and promoting without regard to … sex, … sexual orientation, … gender identity or expression, or other factors which cannot lawfully be the basis for employment actions, unless there is a bona fide occupational qualification.”

Policy Against Discrimination, Harassment, and Related Interpersonal Violence

“The University of Connecticut is committed to maintaining a safe and non-discriminatory learning, living and working environment for all members of the University community – students, employees, and visitors.  Academic and professional excellence can exist only when each member of our community is assured an atmosphere of safety and mutual respect.  All members of the University community are responsible for the maintenance of an environment in which people are free to learn and work without fear of discrimination, discriminatory harassment or interpersonal violence.  Discrimination diminishes individual dignity and impedes equal employment and educational opportunities.”

General Rules of Conduct (Employee)

“Employees are forbidden to engage in the conduct listed below and may be disciplined or dismissed for doing so. The list is not exhaustive. … K. Conducting oneself in any manner, which is offensive, abusive, or contrary to common decency or morality; carrying out any form of harassment including sexual harassment.”


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Non-Retaliation Policy

The University encourages individuals to bring forward information and/or complaints about violations of state or federal law, University policy, rules or regulations.  Retaliation against any individual who, in good faith, reports or who participates in the investigation of alleged violations is strictly forbidden.