Students who are trans, genderqueer, non-binary, and gender non-conforming are valued members of the on-campus living experience at the University of Tulsa.
On-campus housing at TU is assigned by the student’s sex captured through the original admissions process information. Most of our living areas are assigned by sex in halls, wings, and/or suites based on living community. In meeting the needs of the student, TU will recognize and respect the gender identity the student has established with Housing. 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. The Housing assignment specialist will, through conversation and specific knowledge regarding the living environments, provide students with the options available to them. This includes a specialized living area in LaFortune House that allows students to live in a suite, regardless of their sex, gender identity, or gender expression, or the sex, gender identity, or gender expression of their room or suite mates.
Students will also increase their knowledge and awareness of particular topics such as evolving language, theoretical discourse, and current events in this community. A feature of the learning community will be small-group reflection with fellow residents to foster a safe & supportive space for discussion around intersectional student identities. Programs could include: Pride Welcome Reception, Pride Week, study parties, dance parties (Glitterstock), intentional campus-wide speakers, and community service events with LGBTQIA+ population.
There are significant responsibilities that all students have when applying for housing, including active engagement in finding roommates, selecting living-learning communities, etc. However, at no time will Housing force a student who is trans, genderqueer, non-binary, and gender non-conforming students, who have followed Housing procedures and met the above responsibilities, to have to find a comfortable and/or a welcoming housing assignment on their own. All Housing and Residence Life staff have received extensive training regarding trans, genderqueer, non-binary, and gender non-conforming student success support. TU continues to evolve in its opportunities for students who live on campus regarding the LGBTQIA+ lived experience.
Gender Inclusive Housing option and TU’s commitment to house trans, genderqueer, non-binary, and gender non-conforming students via discussions based on individual and specific needs have all been developed out of the expressed needs from our students.