Trans* Policies and Resources

All Gender Housing

Gender Open Housing refers to an arrangement whereby students, regardless of sex, gender, or gender identity, are permitted to share a room or suite in select areas of Northwestern’s residence halls. The primary reason for such a policy is to provide housing options that take into consideration varying identities and preferences, and to ensure a safe and comfortable environment for all students. Open Housing is not intended − and in fact is highly discouraged − for romantic couples.

For more information, visit our All Gender Housing FAQ on the Residential Services site.

Creating Inclusive Classrooms & Group Spaces for Trans* Individuals

Faculty, staff, teaching assistants, and leaders in dialogues are all responsible for creating welcoming and inclusive environments in the classroom. This guide aims to aid individuals who wish to set-up affirming environments. Download the guide here: Creating Inclusive Classrooms & Group Spaces (PDF).

Policy on Discrimination and Harassment

This policy applies to all members of Northwestern's community, and includes, but is not limited to: staff, faculty, students, applicants for both University employment and academic admission, vendors, contractors, and third parties. Northwestern University does not discriminate or permit discrimination by any member of its community against any individual on the basis of:

  • race
  • color
  • religion
  • national origin
  • sex
  • sexual orientation
  • gender identity
  • gender expression
  • parental status
  • marital status
  • age
  • disability
  • citizenship
  • veteran status
  • or genetic information

in matters of admissions, employment, housing, or services or in the educational programs or activities it operates. Harassment, whether verbal, physical, or visual, that is based on any of these characteristics is a form of discrimination.

This includes harassing conduct affecting tangible job benefits, interfering unreasonably with an individual's academic or work performance, or creating what a reasonable person would perceive is an intimidating, hostile, or offensive environment. Prohibited sex discrimination includes sexual harassment and sexual violence.

Title IX Statement

It is the policy of Northwestern University to comply with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, which prohibits discrimination (including sexual harassment and sexual violence) based on sex in the University's educational programs and activities. Title IX also prohibits retaliation for asserting claims of sex discrimination. Northwestern has designated Title IX Coordinators, listed under "Where to Get Help," to coordinate Northwestern's compliance with and response to inquiries concerning Title IX. A person may also file a written complaint with the Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights regarding an alleged violation of Title IX by visiting or calling 1-800-421-3481.

If you believe you have been discriminated against or harassed: Contact one of the individuals listed under “Where to get Help.”

Bias Incident Response Team and Respect NU

The Bias Incident Response Team (BIRT) is a group of administrators who are committed to creating a proactive response to instances of hate and bias. When a student reports a bias/hate incident through Respect NU one of the BIRT members will support the student, connect them with the appropriate resources, and follow-up with them until the situation has been resolved. Report a bias incident.


TransGenderCare contains a large archive of health information devoted exclusively to transgender health care issues.

National LGBT Health Education Center

National LGBT Health Education Center provides educational programs, resources, and consultation to health care organizations with the goal of optimizing quality,cost-effective health care for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people.

Transgender Law and Policy Institute

Transgender Law and Policy Institute is a non-profit organization dedicated to engaging in effective advocacy for transgender people in our society. The TLPI brings experts and advocates together to work on law and policy initiatives designed to advance transgender equality.

TransYouth Family Allies

TransYouth Family Allies, a non-profit founded in 2006, has helped thousands of families and their children by partnering with educators, service providers, and communities to develop supportive environments in which gender may be expressed and respected.