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Coming Out to Professors

Students are not required to come out to their professors. If you have not yet had your name changed through OPUS, though, you may find yourself needing to inform a professor about your preferred name. The Office of LGBT Life will assist you in writing letters to professors as requested.

The Office of LGBT Life can also assist professors in understanding the issues that trans* students face in their classrooms and on campus. You may also consult the following web resources:

"Tips for Making Class Welcoming for Trans and Gender-variant Students" by Dean Spade
"Model District Policy on Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Students" by GLSEN and the National Center for Transgender Equality
"Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Youth: Recommendations for Schools" by the Transgender Law Center