October 26, 2018
A message from Dr. Felicia E. McGinty, Executive Vice Chancellor for Administration & Planning, Rutgers University—New Brunswick:
Members of the Rutgers–New Brunswick Community,
In light of recent news reports about a proposed federal policy that would restrict the rights of transgender, nonbinary, and intersex individuals, it is important that we reiterate Rutgers University’s commitment to our gender diverse students, faculty, staff and other community members.
The proposal, as reported by The New York Times, would “define sex” as male or female, unchangeable and determined by a person’s genitals at birth, or a genetic test in disputed cases. This change, which has not been formally announced or adopted, would reportedly apply to Title IX, the federal law that prohibits discrimination based on sex and has been described by the Times as “essentially eradicating federal recognition” of transgender, nonbinary, and intersex people.
We will be watching these developments closely and will address them as needed going forward. For now, I want to remind all in our community that Rutgers Universityprotects individuals from discrimination based on gender identity and expression, consistent with New Jersey law, state-specific Title IX guidance, and our own institutional values.
Our commitment has been displayed in our housing application, preferred name system, trans-inclusive healthcare coverage, bias response team, single-use restroom map, support for student organizations, and cultural competency education offered to all members of the University. No federal policy can “erase” our vibrant and thriving transgender, nonbinary, and intersex community or their lived experiences. We also encourage all members of the university to continue their own learning in order to more actively advocate for gender diverse people in their work, classes, and everyday lives. From taking the time to learn and respect individual pronouns, to interrupting acts of bias, everyone has a role in helping to make the campus an inclusive experience.
For the past seven years, Rutgers University–New Brunswick has been named a “Top 25 LGBTQA Friendly University” by Campus Pride, and we consider this both an honor and a call to action to keep improving the campus experience. There are many more resources and services available to transgender, nonbinary, and intersex students, and those who wish to learn more. Please visit the Center for Social Justice Education and LGBT Communities website and their trans resource guide for additional information.
With a continuing commitment to all in our campus community,
Dr. Felicia E. McGinty
Executive Vice Chancellor for Administration & Planning
“There’s a U in Rutgers”