Fairfield’s vibrant community welcomes all people, regardless of race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, ability/disability status, religion, and tradition. Fostering inclusion and understanding across the many human differences that often divide and marginalize, the Fairfield community is united in its reverence for the human dignity of every person. We recognize that viable solutions to enduring problems emerge when people with diverse backgrounds and skills work together with mutual respect, toward common goals. Fairfield is committed to providing a safe, affirming, and inclusive community for students of the following identities:
Fairfield University community members strive for the following:
Gender Inclusive Restrooms
Gender Inclusive Housing
Fairfield University houses students consistent with their gender identity rather than perceived sex as required by applicable law. Requests for a housing assignment that is consistent with a students’ gender identity and not perceived sex, are asked to be received by the Office of Residence Life two weeks prior to the close of the housing lottery application date. In alignment with the current housing practices, students will be able to live with the roommates of their choosing. If you wish to be housed by your gender identity, please contact the Director of Residence Life, Ophelia Rowe-Allen, and/or the Assistant Director of the Office of Student Diversity, Carrie Robinson, at the contact information below or submit your application by the date above.
Ophelia Rowe Allen: 203-254-4215 or firstname.lastname@example.org
What is gender inclusive housing?
In alignment with Title IX, Gender Inclusive Housing is offered to any student who wishes to be housed by their gender identity. Gender inclusive housing provides a safe, affirming, and inclusive community living option for students of the following identities and lived experiences. This includes, but is not limited to:
Who can participate in gender inclusive housing?
Any full time, undergraduate student living in residence life that wishes to be housed by their gender identity.
Why does Fairfield University have gender inclusive housing?
In alignment with Title IX, a federal law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex. Title IX has recently been expanded to include transgender students. There are other implications for a University under Title IX including: a responsibility to provide a safe and nondiscriminatory environment, treating students consistent with their gender identity even if their education records or identification documents indicate a different sex, and a school may provide separate facilities on the basis of sex, but must allow transgender students access to such facilities consistent with their gender identity. Title IX allows a school to provide separate housing on the basis of sex. But a school must allow transgender students to access housing consistent with their gender identity and may not require transgender students to stay in single-occupancy accommodations or to disclose personal information when not required of other students. Therefore, Fairfield University is implementing changes on campus in order to have better gender inclusive practices to ensure that all students, in alignment with our Jesuit ideals, feels welcomed and safe on campus.
What are the due dates to apply for Gender Inclusive Housing?
Requests for a housing assignment that is consistent with a students’ gender identity and not perceived sex, are asked to be received by the Office of Residence Life two weeks prior to the close of the housing lottery application date. In alignment with the current housing practices, students will be able to live with the roommates of their choosing. If you wish to be housed by your gender identity, please contact the Director of Residence Life, Ophelia Rowe-Allen, and/or the Assistant Director of the Office of Student Diversity, Carrie Robinson, at the contact information below or submit your application by the date above. Any first year student that wishes to be housed by their gender identity must meet all housing deadlines and follow the same process listed above.
How will gender inclusive housing prevent individuals who are romantically involved from living together?
Gender inclusive housing is not intended for romantic couples. The intention of gender inclusive housing is to allow for students who may not fit in the gender binary of male or female to be housed by their gender identity. Students do not have to disclose their reasons for requesting gender inclusive housing.
Do all students have to live in Gender Inclusive Housing?
No, as mentioned above, students who choose to live in gender inclusive housing will have the opportunity to live with others in order to feel welcomed and safe on campus and in housing. If a student does not choose to live in this environment, they will not be forced to.
Under Title IX, a school must treat students consistent with their gender identity even if their education records or identification documents indicate a different sex. School staff and contractors will use pronouns and names consistent with a transgender student’s gender identity.
Sexual orientation refers to a person’s emotional and sexual attraction to another person based on the gender of the other person. Common terms used to describe sexual orientation include, but are not limited to, heterosexual, lesbian, gay, and bisexual. Sexual orientation and gender identity are different. (LAUSD Policy)
Gender identity refers to a person’s deeply felt internal sense of being male or female, regardless of their sex assigned at birth. (Washington State Guidelines)
Sex assigned at birth refers to the sex designation, usually “male” or “female,” assigned to a person when they are born. (NYSED Guidance)
Gender expression refers to the manner in which a person represents or expresses gender to others, often through behavior, clothing, hairstyles, activities, voice or mannerisms. (Washoe County Regulation)
Transgender or trans describes a person whose gender identity does not correspond to their assigned sex at birth. (Massachusetts Guidance)
Gender transition refers to the process in which a person goes from living and identifying as one gender to living and identifying as another. (Washoe County Regulation)
Cisgender describes a person whose gender identity corresponds to their assigned sex at birth. (NYSED Guidance)
Gender nonconforming describes people whose gender expression differs from stereotypic expectations. The terms gender variant or gender atypical are also used. Gender nonconforming individuals may identify as male, female, some combination of both, or neither. (NYSED Guidance)
Intersex describes individuals born with chromosomes, hormones, genitalia and/or other sex characteristics that are not exclusively male or female as defined by the medical establishment in our society. (DCPS Guidance)
LGBTQ is an acronym that stands for “lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer/questioning.” (LAUSD Policy)
Fairfield University has a responsibility to provide a safe and nondiscriminatory environment for all students, including transgender students. Harassment that targets a student based on gender identity, transgender status, or gender transition is harassment based on sex. If sex-based harassment creates a hostile environment, the school must take prompt and effective steps to end the harassment, prevent its recurrence, and, as appropriate, remedy its effects. A school’s failure to treat students consistent with their gender identity may create or contribute to a hostile environment in violation of Title IX. For more information, please contact our Title IX compliance Coordinator:
Megan D. Monahan, JD
Director, Title IX & Equity Compliance