POLICY ON GENDER IDENTITY/EXPRESSION FOR SF STATE RESIDENTIAL LIFE AND UNIVERSITY PROPERTY MANAGEMENT
University Property Management (UPM) and Residential Life (Res Life) at San Francisco State (referred to hereafter as "SF State Housing") value diversity and take all efforts to promote the dignity and respect for and among all residents. SF State Housing acts in concert with federal and state law, as well as California State University (CSU) and SF State policy and practice. Under CSU policy, no student on the basis of gender may be excluded from participation in or denied the benefits of any CSU program or activity, and all students have the right to participate free from discrimination, harassment and retaliation. Additionally, gender is defined as inclusive of one's gender identity and gender related appearance and behavior whether or not stereotypically associated with the person's assigned sex at birth.
Within this framework, SF State Housing seeks to meet the needs of students of all gender identities/expressions in the best way possible. This includes addressing students' needs regarding accommodation and harassment complaints.
Following are the SF State Housing policies related to gender identity/expression that apply to all residents and staff in our community:
- Accommodation Policy: Residents who wish to request special accommodations due to gender identity or gender non-conformity should contact SF State Housing as soon as the housing application is completed and submitted to the Housing Office. SF State Housing understands that going through the application can be stressful and confusing for students with issues around gender identity. SF State Housing will not ask for any more information than is required to meet studentsí housing needs and all information is strictly confidential. SF State Housing will make every effort to honor all reasonable accommodation(s) requests; however, accommodation requests will not circumvent the housing waitlist. All applicants are housed on a first come first served basis. Questions about the application process can be directed to the Associate Director of Residential Life: Kevin Kinney, email@example.com or (415)338-2729.
- Gender Inclusive Housing Option: Gender inclusive housing opportunities are available within SF State Housing. While any student may request gender-inclusive housing, placement priority will be given to students who notify SF State Housing that they require accommodations based on their gender identity or expression. Gender inclusive housing generally exists in University Park South (UPS), however gender inclusive housing options may be available in core housing and is determined on a case by case basis. Gender inclusive housing allows same-gender roommates, opposite-gender roommates, or other gender-identity roommate pairings, regardless of biological sex. (To clarify, gender identities are numerous and include man, woman, transgender, and gender non-conforming). UPS features single-person restroom and shower facilities, providing privacy for every resident. You can see UPS living space at: http://www.sfsu.edu/~housing/options/ups.html. All residents within gender inclusive housing, like those of any other SF State residence hall, must adhere to common standards of civility and respect regarding diverse gender identities/expressions.
- Policy related to use of preferred versus given name:
Students wishing to request a change from the name listed in their Housing account to a different preferred name can contact the Housing Business Office. Requests must be made in writing either by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or coming into the Housing Business Office located in Mary Ward Hall. It is important to note that when a student chooses to change their name regarding their Housing account, some complications, while not common, can occur, including the following:
- The SF State Onecard (University ID cards) is issued based on a student's "legal name" used on their University application. If a student changes to a preferred name at Housing, it may contradict what is on your Onecard and/or your state issued ID.
- Any refund from the SF State Bursar's office related to Housing may be delayed if a student has changed from a "legal name" to a preferred name within Housing. To prevent such a delay, it is recommended that if a student who has changed to a preferred name in Housing is expecting a refund from the Bursar's office, the student should change the name back to the legal name at Housing to insure the refund is returned in a timely manner.
- At times, Housing sends mail to parents of students. Students who change to a preferred name should be aware that such mail would be forwarded to the students' parents with the preferred name changed in the Housing database.
- Intimidation/Bullying/Harassment concerns:
SF State Housing supports a community where all residents are able to exist free of harassment, bullying, and intimidation.
Harassment is unwelcome conduct found threatening or disturbing to an individual that is engaged in because of a protected status of that individual, which includes race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status, physical disability, mental disability, or medical condition. "Sex" includes, but is not limited to: the victim's actual sex; the harasser's perception of the victim's sex; or the harasser's perception of the victim's identity, appearance, or behavior, whether or not that identity, appearance, or behavior is different from that traditionally associated with victim's sex at birth. Harassment can be written (in print or electronically), verbal, visual, or physical. Examples of harassment include:
- Written communications, such as sending inappropriate jokes or comments in print or by e-mail
- Verbal communications, such as making graphic or degrading comments about an individual and/or body or personal characteristics, or using epithets, derogatory comments or slurs
- Physical acts, such as unwanted touching, physical interference, or even assault
- Visual acts or displays, such as derogatory cartoons, drawings, or posters, or inappropriate gestures
- Making unwelcome sexual advances or propositions, or offering employment benefits or giving preferential treatment in exchange for sexual favors
- Making or threatening reprisals after a negative response to unwelcome conduct
Intimidation is intentional behavior "which would cause a person of ordinary sensibilities" fear of injury or harm. It is not necessary to prove that the behavior was so violent as to cause terror or that the victim was actually frightened.
Residents of SF State Housing do not need to tolerate harassment, bullying, or intimidation towards themselves or others. If you or someone you know is experiencing such behavior, SF State and SF State Housing are available to assist and support you. Students feeling as though they have been harassed should contact the Vice President of Student Affairs Office in the Student Services Building Room 403, phone (415) 338-2916, email: email@example.com. The following websites are also available for more information: the Student Complains and Concerns site at http://www.sfsu.edu/~vpsa/complaints/index.html and the Vice President of Student Affairs site at http://www.sfsu.edu/~vpsa/.
Roommate Complaints:In SF State Housing, reports of unjust behavior can be made to any staff member. The staff member will assist or direct you to the appropriate resources to support you with your concern. If you are not comfortable on your floor or in your room or apartment, speak with your Resident Assistant or Area Coordinator. Staff is available to assist if you wish to have a mediation or conversation with your roommates about expectations in your living space.
If you feel that you are not able to remain in your current room or apartment, speak with your Area Coordinator about options that may be available. Ideally, residents are able to speak to each other and resolve differences. However, if you feel that the differences are too extreme or that your safety or security are a concern, other living arrangements in SF State Housing can be considered in consultation with your Area Coordinator. If your Area Coordinator is not available within a reasonable amount of time to address your concerns, you can download and complete a Room Change Form to begin the process of moving to a different housing space.
Resources: Resources for our residents can be found at the following links:
- Gender neutral bathrooms are located in Humanities 133, Fine Arts 255, Business 100, and there are 11 gender neutral restrooms in the Student Health Center
- PRIDE Committee (http://www.sfsu.edu/~pride/): PRIDE at SF State is a committee of faculty, staff and students that is committed to making San Francisco State University a safe and welcoming community for people of all sexualities and gender identities. You can contact the Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- EGAY at SFSU (http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=136590873056003): EGAY (Everything Great About You) is the Residence Life Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, and Ally network. EGAY organizes meet and greets and has events for the residence community at SFSU. From discussion groups to excursions to events (such as Pride Prom and Sexhibition), EGAY does much for the LGBTA community in the SFSU Residence Life program. You can contact EGAY at email@example.com.
- The Center (http://www.sfcenter.org/index.php): The mission of the San Francisco Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender (LGBT) Community Center is to connect our diverse community to opportunities, resources and each other to achieve our vision of a stronger, healthier, and more equitable world for LGBT people and our allies. The Center's strategies inspire and strengthen our community by fostering greater opportunities for people to thrive; organizing for our future; celebrating our history and culture; and building resources to create a legacy for future generations. The contact information for The Center is: 1800 Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94102; Phone: (415) 865-5555; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Dimensions Clinic (http://www.dimensionsclinic.org/): The mission of the Dimensions Clinic is to increase the physical and mental health and wellness of LGBTQIQ young people in a culturally competent environment. Dimensions has a weekly transgender & gender-variant support group. This group is run by trans counselors and transgender/gender variant facilitators. Young people 25 and under are welcome to attend on a drop-in basis. The group is held at Dimensions Clinic every Thursday from 6:30-7:30pm. More information about the group can be found at: http://www.dimensionsclinic.org/transgroup.html. General contact information is provided here: Dimensions Clinic, Castro-Mission Health Center, 3850 17th Street , San Francisco, CA 94114; Phone: (415) 934-7789; Email: email@example.com.
- Lyric (http://www.lyric.org): LYRIC's mission is to build community and inspire positive social change through education enhancement, career trainings, health promotion, and leadership development with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning youth, their families, and allies of all races, classes, genders, and abilities. You can reach Lyric at: 127 Collingwood Street, San Francisco, CA 94114; Phone: (415) 703-6150; E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
If at any time anyone needs to speak to someone for information or support, contact the Associate Director of Residential Life, Kevin Kinney, at email@example.com or (415) 338-2729.