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and Peer Support
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• LGBTQIA Outreach
• Title IX Advocacy
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LGBTQIA Resources

Support, advocacy, and resources for LGBTQIA members of the UCM community

The University of Central Missouri is committed to attracting and supporting a diverse body of students, faculty and staff members. Out of this commitment the MAPS office provides this page of resources for our LGBTQIA and Ally students, faculty, and staff on campus.

 

This "You Can Play" video is one expression of our campus commitment to a culture of inclusion:

 

 

Ask Me: What LGBTQ Students Want Their Professors to Know (YouTube video)

 

 

Prism: The student organization for LGBTQ and Ally students at the University of Central Missouri.

 

Counseling Center: Students generally seek counseling when they:

  • Are feeling stuck or distressed.

  • Are not functioning as well as they used to.

  • Want the perspective of a professional.

University Housing: UCM supports transgender and transitioning students by providing gender inclusive housing options on a case-by-case basis. If you would like more information or help in identifying potential roommates who are open to gender inclusive housing, please contact University Housing at 660-543-4515 or housing@ucmo.edu.

Inclusive Restrooms at UCM: Unlike traditional restrooms, our single-occupancy inclusive restrooms are available to all (regardless of gender) and feature more space, which may be more convenient for people with disabilities with or without caregivers, parents with children, and nursing mothers. Inclusive restrooms are in these locations on campus:

  • Elliott Union, 2nd floor behind Jazzman's coffee: Between the men's and women's restrooms, next to the staircase.
  • Elliott Union, 2nd floor past Office of Accessibility Services: Just left of the Information Desk in the atrium, follow signs for the Office of Accessibility Services. This restroom is the last door on the left down this hallway.
  • Student Recreation and Wellness Center: On the lower level, across from main locker rooms, there is a restroom facility with lockers and single shower.
  • Wood/Martin buildings: At the junction of the Wood and Martin buildings, faculty restrooms have been converted to inclusive restrooms, and feature extra space.

 

Campus Map

 

Safe Zone: A program offered jointly by the UCM Counseling Center and the Office of Mentoring, Advocacy, and Peer Support that offers information and training to faculty, staff, and students who want to learn more about supporting LGBTQIA students on our campus.

 

Terms and Pronouns: A list of LGBTQ-related terms, their definitions, and respectful use.

 

The Gender Unicorn: A helpful graphic depiction of the range of gender identities.

 

Trans* Ally Guide: Ways to help a trans* friend or family member know they are respected and supported.

 

LGBTQIA Ally Guide: Including Four Levels in Ally Development, Qualities of Allies, Ten Ways to Be an Ally, Benefits of Being an Ally, Guidelines for Allies

 

 

UCM Policies

UCM Non-Discrimination Policy

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"The University of Central Missouri actively follows a policy of nondiscrimination in regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, pregnancy or parental status, national origin, veteran status, genetic information, disability, and all other legally protected classes. This policy applies to educational programs and activities including athletics, instruction, grading, the awarding of student financial aid, recruitment, admission, employment, housing, placement and retention of students, faculty and staff. The university complies with applicable federal and state laws and regulations related to discrimination." [emphasis added]

 

 

UCM Title IX Statement

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"Students, staff, faculty, and other employees; women, girls, men, and boys; straight, LGBT, and gender-nonconforming persons; persons with and without disabilities; and international and undocumented persons all have the right to pursue education, including athletic programs, scholarships, and other activities, free from sex discrimination, including sexual violence and harassment."

 

The language above specifically states that people of all sexual orientations and gender identities have equal right to pursue their education and other university-related activities without discrimination, violence, and harassment. It is important to note that this applies to trans-identified individuals in specific ways which may not be relevant for cispeople.

 

Transpeople's concerns regarding applicability of Title IX protections are primarily related to the policy's definition of sex discrinimation and sexual harassment, namely the emphasis on sex stereotyping. Transpeople are not only protected by the "LGBT and gender-nonconforming" language, but also when discriminated against for their perceived non-conformity to sex stereotypes (e.g. such attitudes as "You're a male, you shouldn't be wearing a skirt," or "You're female, you shouldn't bind your chest"). Some situations which are especially relevant to transpeople in regards to discrimination include (but are not limited to):

 

  • Sexual harassment, based on an individual's trans identity or on their non-conformity to sex stereotypes
  • Bullying and/or cyber bullying
  • Use of restrooms and/or locker rooms
  • Club/Organization membership
  • Housing
  • Creation of a hostile environment, which limits or denies a student's ability to participate in or benefit from the school's educational or other programs


See UCM's Title IX web page for information about reporting misconduct, including knowing your options. Keep in mind that harassment and discrimination because of a person's sexual orientation, gender identity and/or gender expression are considered sexual misconduct.