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Transgender Housing

A transgender student looking for a supportive living arrangement in University Housing should contact the Central Housing Office. Because of limitations in available housing options, there is no guarantee that all the student’s preferences can be met, but we are committed to working with the student to find the best accommodations possible.

Central Housing Office
Campus Box 1056, SIUE
Edwardsville, IL 62026-1056

Housing assignments for transgender students are guided by the following values:

  • Respect for and affirmation of the student’s gender identity and/or expression.
  • Prioritized attention to the student’s physical safety and emotional health.
  • Enhancement the student’s opportunity for success at SIUE by finding the best match between the student’s needs and the options available.

Statement on Diversity

University Housing is committed to engaging students in educational experiences in an open, civil, and respectful climate that will prepare them for global citizenship and lifelong learning.

Frequently Asked Questions

What does transgender mean?
The Transgender Law and Policy Institute (TLPI) defines transgender “... as an umbrella term encompassing: pre-operative, post-operative, and non-operative transsexual people; cross-dressers; feminine men and masculine women; and more generally, anyone whose gender identity or expression differs from conventional expectations of masculinity or femininity.”

What is gender identity?
Gender identity describes the gender with which a person identifies (e.g. whether one uses man, woman, or more individualized terminology to describe oneself). It is often referred to as an individual’s internal or psychological sense of gender. Gender identity may or may not differ from one’s legal sex which is assigned at birth based on biological characteristics. Gender expression refers to the way individuals feel most comfortable expressing gender identity, often made socially visible through behavior, language, and clothing.

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