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WELCOME TO UCCS!

LGBT FAQ

Trans FAQ

Allies FAQ

LGBT Faculty FAQ

One of our primary goals at the LGBT Resource Center is to help make sure you have the most positive experience possible at UCCS!



FAQ's for LGBT Students at UCCS


1.   I 'm not out yet, but I'm hoping to get connected with resources and others while I'm in school. Where should I begin?
Stop by and visit us! That's what the LGBT Resource Center is here for! We are always here to talk and provide you a safe place to discuss anything you'd like, including coming out. You can also check out our coming out info page.  If you'd like we can also help you set up a meeting with the leader of our LGBT student group, SPECTRUM .





2.   Is there faculty or someone I can talk to if I have a problem?
You can always chat with your advisor or someone at the Counseling Center if you encounter any academic or personal problems while on campus. Of course, you can always call or stop by the LGBT Resource Center for more information or just to talk.






3.   Is there a Gay-Straight Alliance at UCCS?
Yes! SPECTRUM is the name of our LGBT and Allies student club. There are also several other groups that support LGBT students. Go to Mountain Lion Connect to find more student organizations and clubs.   





4.   Are there nondiscrimination policies in place at UCCS?
In 2007, the State of Colorado added "sexual orientation" to the state's employment nondiscrimination laws. Sexual orientation in state law is defined to include heterosexuality, homosexuality, bisexuality and transgender status. In 2008, the State of Colorado added "sexual orientation" to the state's housing and public accommodations nondiscrimination laws with SB200.

 
Specifically at UCCS, the University of Colorado Regents have passed policy that states "The University of Colorado does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, creed, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, veteran status, political affiliation, or political philosophy in admission and access to, and treatment and employment in, its educational programs and activities."


5.   What's the overall climate for LGBT students?
UCCS received a score of 3 out of 5 from Campus Pride.  The Chancellor's LGBT Task Force, the LGBT Resource Center and other leaders of diversity on campus continue to work toward achieving 5 stars!


 
6.   I'm new to the city - What can I find out about LGBT Colorado Springs?
Colorado Springs has a vibrant LGBT community, complete with a Pride Center, LGBT clubs, organizations and an LGBT youth program.




7.   Is there a mentorship program for LGBT students?
Yes. The M.O.S.A.I.C. Office runs a Mentorship Program for incoming freshmen. You can choose to be paired based on your sexual orientation.



8.   Is student health knowledgeable about LGBT issues?
Click here for more information about the Health Center. Members of the Student Health Center participate on the Chancellor's LGBT Task Force, and have continually worked to provide both LGBT friendly and LGBT competent care. If you have additional questions, please contact the LGBT Resource Center or the Student Health Center.


 
9.   Are the campus police LGBT friendly?
Campus police leaders are members of the LGBT Task Force and have been trained to be aware of and sensitive to specific issues that affect the LGBT community. Further, campus police have often worked to ensure the safety of students at LGBT campus events.



10.   What scholarships are available to LGBT students?
The Alexander Foundation provides scholarships to LGBT Students in Colorado, and the Point Foundation provides scholarships to LGBT students across the country, and has a comprehensive list of other grants and scholarship opportunities that may be available. HRC also has a large list of leads that may be useful. We also recommend searching for scholarships specific to your field of interest, which may include LGBT and non-LGBT specific opportunities.


  

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Transgender on Campus



The LGBT Resource Center recognizes that transgender students may have specific questions relating to their experience here on campus. This guide is designed to help make life on campus as easy to navigate as possible. This page contains both general resources, as well as FAQ's specific to campus life.



FAQ'S FOR TRANSGENDER STUDENTS




1.   Are there transgender/intersex specific groups here on campus, and what are some ways I can get involved?

Presently, there are not transgender/intersex specific groups on campus; however the LGBT student group, SPECTRUM, specifically includes and address the needs and interests of the transgender community.


2.   Do you have any counselors on campus that know about transgender issues?

The Counseling Center on campus has been heavily involved in the LGBT Task Force and there are counselors available who are competent in working with the transgender community. In addition, you can contact the local Pride Center for additional counseling resources who have had years of practice and experience working with the transgender community.





3.   Are there gender neutral restrooms on campus?

Yes, there are! Here is a map of all the gender-neutral restrooms on campus.


4.   Is on-campus housing transgender-friendly?

Transgender students are valued members of the on-campus living community at UCCS. UCCS recognizes and respects the gender identity the student has established with Residence Life and Housing, including instances when a student begins transition mid-year. Staff will not ask for any more information than is required to meet the student's housing needs and all disclosed information will be kept strictly confidential. All Residence Life and Housing staff members, including RA's, have received training including transgender-specific information. In order to provide support for the needs of incoming and current transgender students, we encourage students to meet with the Director of Residence Life and Housing, Ralph Giese.


5.   How can I change my name on campus records?

Names can be changed on campus records by completing the Student Record Change Request (Interactive Form) available through the Admissions and Records Office. Once this form has been submitted, the new information will appear on all campus information, including class rosters. Should the student submit a name change mid-session, the student may wish to speak with instructors to ensure they have correct information. Having a name and gender change through the Admissions and Records Office effectively changes the student's information when that information is accessed in the future (such as for course registration, the directory listing, and transcripts).
 

6.   How can I change my gender on campus records?

Gender can be changed on campus records by completing the Student Record Change Request (Interactive Form) available through the Admissions and Records Office.  Students need to present documentation verifying their new gender information; a Colorado Driver's License or Colorado State ID is permitted. For certain federal information, including FAFSA documents, students will need to have their social security card updated as well.

For additional information about changing gender on Colorado State documents you can contact Peak Area Gender Expressions at 719.217.8896 or The Gender Identity Center of Colorado at 303.202.6466.
 

7.   Is Student Health Services knowledgeable about transgender health issues?

Yes. All Student Health Center staff is trained to be sensitive to the issues experienced by current and potential transgender patients. The Student Health Center works diligently to provide a safe, caring environment where all patients are treated with the respect they deserve.


8.   Does the student health insurance plan cover services for transgender students?

Partially. Transgender students are covered in general under the policy, and students can access transgender-specific services such as hormone-replacement therapy. Presently, the UCCS Student Health Insurance Policy does not cover surgery for transgender students. For more information and complete details, please make an appointment to speak with the Director of the Student Health Center, Stephanie Hanenberg.


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Allies on Campus

What does "Ally" mean?




In reference to the LGBT community and ally is someone who is supportive of LGBT individuals and is an active supporter for complete LGBT equality. Allies can be straight or members of the LGBT community, it is important to remember that even lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons can be active supporters of the subgroups within the larger LGBT community and not just their own specific identity. Being an ally often entails knowing what experiences and obstacles are faced by LGBT people.

Here are 10 things you can do to be a great Ally:

1.   Bring up current LGBT issues in conversations with friends, at work, and in your community.

2.   Organize discussion groups at organizations in which you are a member to talk about LGBT issues.

3.   Use neutral labels like "partner" or "significant other" instead of boyfriend, girlfriend, etc.

4.   Interrupt anti-LGBT jokes, comments or any other behaviors that make homophobia/transphobia seem OK.

5.   Put LGBT-affirming posters at your work, community of faith, etc., and wear visible signage (buttons, t-shirts, etc.) that promote LGBT equality and straight ally visibility.

6.   Don't make assumptions about sexual orientation or gender identity. Assume there are LGBT people in all classes, workplaces, sports, meetings, etc.

7.   Don't assume that feminine or masculine presentations indicate one's sexual orientation or gender identity.

8.   Speak up for LGBT issues and rights whenever, wherever you can. Participate in marches; lend support to LGBT groups, etc.

9.   As an ally to transgender people, speak up when you hear slurs and attacks on people who express their gender outside of societal expectations. Educate people around you about the continuum of gender expression.

10.   Do not be offended if assumed to be LGBT; being offended implies that there is something negative about being LGBT.

For more information, check with UCCS's local groups and organizations, as well as groups and organizations in the community to find out how you can lend your support!

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LGBT Faculty on Campus



WELCOME TO UCCS! With the Chancellor's LGBT Task Force as a catalyst, the climate for LGBT faculty and staff at UCCS is progressing rapidly. As an LGBT employee, or potential LGBT employee at UCCS, you might have certain questions about how to navigate the UCCS system. The LGBT Resource Center is dedicated to providing information to LGBT employees in order to ensure a fully inclusive and affirming environment for the LGBT community at UCCS.


FAQ's FOR LGBT FACULTY & STAFF AT UCCS



1.   Does UCCS have a nondiscrimination policy that includes sexual orientation and gender identity/expression?
In 2007, the State of Colorado added "sexual orientation" to the state's employment nondiscrimination laws. Sexual orientation in state law is defined to include heterosexuality, homosexuality, bisexuality and transgender status. In 2008, the State of Colorado added "sexual orientation" to the state's housing and public accommodations nondiscrimination laws with SB200.

Specifically at UCCS, the University of Colorado Regents have passed policy that states "The University of Colorado does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, creed, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, veteran status, political affiliation, or political philosophy in admission and access to, and treatment and employment in, its educational programs and activities."


2.   Does UCCS provide domestic partner benefits?
UCCS provides "domestic partner" benefits for LGBT employees. Presently, the university requires a declaration of partnership to enroll in the program. To find out about important details, please contact the Human Resources Department.
 

3.   Does UCCS have an LGBT group for faculty and staff?
Yes! The PRIDE Faculty group meets monthly and participates in various activities and events, such as Coming Out Day, Colorado Springs PrideFest, and other opportunities. PRIDE also acts as a networking group for LGBT faculty, and advocates for LGBT faculty and interests on campus. To get involved with the PRIDE Faculty group please contact Dr. Corinne Harmon.
 

4.   Does UCCS have systems in place to help with transgender employees in transition?
Yes. The Human Resources Department is equipped to assist transgender employees with name and gender changes and additional assistance as required.
 

5.   Does UCCS provide health insurance that covers procedures or needs related to the transgender community?
Yes. UCCS provides comprehensive health insurance to all LGBT employees, including procedures and costs associated with gender transition. However, UCCS is unable to provide for the cost of sexual reassignment surgery at this time. For further information, please contact the Human Resources Department.
 

6.   What if I have a question that's not listed here?
Call the LGBT Resource Center at 719.255.3447 or email us at lgbtrc@uccs.edu. We're happy to help!

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