Whether you identify as genderqueer, transsexual, or any other identity, you are welcome at GLBTQ Services. We believe in embracing gender diversity and making you feel comfortable at Miami. Here are some resources specifically for anyone concerned about their gender identity or gender expression.
Life at Miami
Miami's non-discrimination policy specifically provides for an environment free of discrimination on the basis of gender identity and sexual orientation. GLBTQ Services and the Office of Equity and Equal Opportunity are entrusted with responding to incidents that violate this policy.
Miami University recognizes that sex-segregated housing may not be the best option for some students. To meet this need, we provide a limited number of gender neutral housing spaces. Space is limited to two suites in Hahne or Flower Hall (four students per suite), and one apartment in Heritage Commons (four students per suite). This program is intended for second year or older students who feel most comfortable living with a roommate of a different legal sex. This option is not intended for romantic couples.
If you go by a name that is not your legal name, there are several places where you can be identified by your preferred name. IT Help explains how to create a preferred name that will be be used in certain unofficial areas. Or, if you chose a preferred name on your Miami application form, that name will be used within these systems. Contact us if you have questions.
- Email display name.
- Niikha and class rosters.
- Miami directory.
Your legal name will still appear in the following places.
- BannerWeb, when instructors enter your grades.
- Legal documents, including mail, paychecks, and diplomas.
- Your legal middle name will continue to appear in the online directory; you can ask for your middle initial only to be displayed by taking a letter to the registrar.
We have identified several family restrooms around campus that are suitable for people of any gender identity. These restrooms are single-occupancy with a locked door, and are unisex. In addition to being helpful for trans people, these family restrooms can be useful for people with small children and individuals with bathroom attendants. Click on the dots below to find out where the bathrooms are located.
View Miami University Gender Neutral Restrooms in a larger map
We are interested in expanding the number of family restrooms that are available on campus. Let us know if you're interested in helping!
The State of Ohio BMV has a policy called a "Declaration of Gender Change." This makes it possible to change the sex on your driver's license after transition. Visit TransOhio for more information.
Many offices on campus have polices and practices designed specifically to support trangender students.
Student Health Services
Staff from Student Health Services will recognize your preferred name and preferred pronoun; simply note it on your medical history form and/or gynecology form. If you have already filled out your medical history form, please speak to an SHS receptionist to have your preferred name and pronoun added to your file.
Miami University Student Counseling Services are available to students enrolled on the Oxford campus. Counselors there have experience working with transgender individuals. They are able to provide referrals for accessing hormones and other medical transition needs. Call 513-529-4634 to make an appointment. Maria Carruba-Whetstine is the counseling center's liason to the GLBTQ community.
Miami University students, faculty/staff and spouse/partners of students, faculty/staff shall be permitted to participate in Intramural Sports and Club Sport programs in accordance with the person’s gender identity/expression. Participation in Club Sports will be reviewed on a case by case basis based on the applicable National Governing Body’s policies and procedures.
The Recreational Sports Center will ensure that every student, faculty, staff and guest has access to a locker room and bathroom facilities in a safe, comfortable and convenient environment. Transgender individuals shall not be forced to use the locker room corresponding to their gender assigned at birth. In locker rooms that involve undressing in front of others, transgender individuals who want to use the locker room in accordance with their gender identity/expression will be provided with the available accommodations that best meets the needs and privacy concerns of all involved. Such accommodations could include, but are not limited to private area in the locker room or use of the family changing room.
Spoken Communication Enhancement
The Miami University Speech and Hearing Clinic offers clinical services to support many areas of communication. In addition to our traditional services we are pleased to offer individual tutoring in spoken communication enhancement, a program designed to facilitate confidence and excellence in speech communication. Our clinical faculty includes experts in the areas of speech articulation, voice and fluency. Whether teaching new speech and language skills, treating communication disorders, or enhancing speech and voice use, we honor the confidentiality of our clients as we address their individual needs and customize our programs to their unique goals.
Contact: Renee O. Gottliebson, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Clinical Faculty (email@example.com)