Did you know that 1 in 22 Aggies are transgender or nonbinary? We are so happy to have you here, and want you to have the best experience possible!
The purpose of this toolkit is to provide you with information and resources to help support you as a trans student – especially when it comes to your rights and well-being.
Rights and Reporting
UC Davis is committed to an ongoing process of ensuring that trans and nonbinary students are treated with dignity and respect, and that they are able to flourish in and out of the classroom. This philosophy is supported by policies at the campus, state and federal levels.
Listed below are some of the rights that you are entitled to as a student at UC Davis. For more information about student rights, check out MySchoolMyRights.com.
- You have the right to be treated with dignity and respect
- You have the right to decide whether or not to “come out”
- You have the right to your own gender expression
- You have the right to have your lived name and pronouns respected, regardless of your gender expression
- You have the right to privacy when it comes to your university records, including information about your gender identity, grades and medical history (Family Educational Rights & Privacy Act)
- When seeking medical or mental healthcare on campus, you have the right to the same consideration and respect as anyone else, regardless of your race, age, beliefs, sexual orientation, gender identity or lifestyle (Student Health & Counseling Services)
- You have the right to a safe educational environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based on specific protected classes (Harassment & Discrimination Assistance and Prevention Program)
- You have the right to have your university-issued identification documents, university records and databases, and university IT resources reflect your accurate gender identity, pronouns, and lived name (UC Gender Recognition and Lived Name Policy)
- You have the right to access facilities, restrooms, locker rooms, programs and services in accordance with your gender identity and gender expression (UC Davis Campus Recreation)
- You have the right to on-campus housing that allows you to have rooming arrangements and restroom access that most closely align with your gender identity (UC Davis Housing)
- You have the right to fair, respectful and legal access to participation on intercollegiate athletics teams (UC Davis Athletics)
- You have the right to speak up and make reports if you experience hate, discrimination and/or harassment (UC Davis Report Hate & Bias)
If your rights have not been respected, there are resources available to you. It is always your decision whether or not to make a report.
If you are experiencing hate, discrimination and/or harassment, use the “Six Ws'' to document your experiences (ACLU NorCal). Always try to write down:
- Who was involved
- What happened
- Where it happened
- When it happened
- Who you reported it to (if applicable), including their response
- Who witnessed the behavior
Conversations with staff in these units are not considered official reports. You can speak openly without giving up any control over your situation. These units will not report your concerns to anyone else, and they will not take action toward resolving your concerns without your consent.
- Center for Advocacy, Resources and Education (CARE)
- Counseling Services
- Women’s Resources and Research Center (WRRC)
- LGBTQIA+ Resource Center
- Office of the Ombuds
- Academic Staff Assistance Program (ASAP)
- Family Protection and Legal Assistance Clinic
While these resources are not confidential, they can help provide insight about reporting options and are tasked with reviewing your concerns and addressing them as appropriate.
- Report Hate and Bias*
- Report Sexual Violence/Sexual Harassment*
- Harassment and Discrimination Assistance and Prevention Program (HDAPP)
- UC Davis Title IX Officer
- UC Davis Police Department
- Davis Police Department
*An anonymous reporting option is available.
Updating Your Information
Here are some resources to help you navigate changing any information about your name, pronouns and gender identity in IT systems across campus.
- Name and Gender Changes for Students at UC Davis (LGBTQIA+ Resource Center)
- Updating Your Employee Records (UC Davis Human Resources)
- Lambda Law Student Association
This student-run organization assists students and employees with changing lived name and gender marker on state and federal documents.
Resources for Trans Students
Here are some general resources on campus to help you connect with students, staff and faculty, access gender affirming medical and mental healthcare, and navigate other areas of life as a student.
- Trans Student Resources (LGBTQIA+ Resource Center)
- LGBTQIA+ Student Health and Well-Being Resources (Student Health & Counseling Services)
- Gender Care Team (Student Health & Counseling Services)
- UC Davis Out List
- Resources for Trans and Non-Binary Employees (UC Davis Human Resources)
- Trans Advocacy Specialist