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LGBT-Friendly Policies

The KU LGBTQ Resource Center is dedicated to improving the lives of the LGBTQ community on campus. In this mission, we have strived to add and enhance policies to better the community. Below are some of the initiatives being taken by the university to enhance the experience of KU's LGBTQ students.

Stonewall Community

The Stonewall Community here at KU is a gender-inclusive community open to all first-year students. The community is designed to engage the students in the LGBT community and advocates on LGBT history and the extensive resources available to them. The Stonewall Community is located in Schuylkill Hall and is part of our gender-inclusive housing policy. Each member of the community is assigned a mentor to help guide them through their experience at KU, and they are required to attend three Stonewall meetings and a variety of other events, of which they may choose, to broaden their knowledge and scope of the LGBT community and to gauge their journey and experiences. For a full list of requirements and registration, please visit the Stonewall Community Housing page.

Gender Inclusive Housing

It is important to the LGBTQ Center and the university that its students feel safe and welcome, and, in Fall 2017, Kutztown University implemented its gender-inclusive housing policy, allowing trans, intersex, and gender non-binary students to be housed with other students identifying outside (or not) of the gender binary, if they feel more comfortable in this environment. For the university's registration and requirements for gender-inclusive housing, please visit the Gender Inclusive Housing page.

Gender Neutral Bathrooms

Kutztown University respects its student's rights to privacy and those who identify outside of the gender binary, and has, therefore, designated Gender Neutral bathrooms across its campus. The sign indicating Gender Neutral bathrooms and their locations are listed below. 

Gender Neutral bathroom sign 

Gender Neutral Bathroom Locations: 

Admissions Ctr - 1st, 2nd FlrBoxwood House - 1st, 2nd FlrDeFran - Ground FlrEducation House - 1st, 2nd FlrLibrary - Ground FlrLytle - 1st FlrMSU - 2nd FlrMulticultural Ctr - 1st, 2nd FlrOld Main A-wing - Ground FlrOM A-wing - 1st FlrOM B-wing - 3rd FlrOM C-wing - 2nd FlrPresident's House - 1st FlrRec Ctr - 1st, 2nd FlrRickenbach - 2nd FlrSchaeffer - 1st FlrSharadin - 1st, 2nd Flr

Preferred Name Policy

The university understands that some students may wish to use another name other than their given first name as recorded on official documents and has implemented a policy to honor this choice. The Preferred Name Policy allows students to change their name as it appears on rosters, their email, and other unnamed platforms. See this PDF for the full Preferred Name Policy and form. 

Bias Response Task Force

In an effort to document and combat incidents of bias and discrimination, Kutztown University has assembled a bias response task force made up of over 30 faculty members, including the Chief of Police and heads of departments. The task force catalogs and responds to reported incidents to better enforce and reduce such incidents of bias and discrimination. For more information on the Bias Response Task Force, visit their page.

To report an incident, please visit this page

Office of Social Equity

The Office of Social Equity is dedicated to equality and compliance and monitors the university's compliance with non-discriminatory policies and protocols. The Office of Social Equity's webpage can be reached here