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Office of Multicultural Student Affairs


Transgender Students

We work to create an inclusive campus culture, and offer support and services that help transgender and gender nonconforming students with their specific challenges.

Support and Services

Housing

Campus housing assignments are assigned based on your legal sex. Unfortunately, USC does not currently offer gender neutral or gender inclusive housing. Many times, trans students have the option to live in a single room. We can help you navigate the university housing system and serve as an advocate for your needs. Contact us for assistance.

Professor Notification

You have options when it comes to letting your professors know your preferred name and pronoun:

  • Talk to them one-on-one
  • Send an email
  • Have us notify them

You should do what's best for you at this time in your life. We're available to help you talk through what to say or review your email if you'd like. 

We can notify your professors for you.

Fill out the notification request form. You'll need the names and email addresses for the faculty members you'd like to notify. Currently, this request is only available for students at the USC Columbia campus.

We will send an email to the addresses you give us. It will contain no identifying information and will list best practices the professor can follow in order to make your experience in class more positive.
Sample Notification Letter [pdf]

Health Services

Changing Your Health Record 

To change your name and pronoun on your health record, call the health services front desk at 803-576-6561 or talk to your health provider during your appointment. This will only change your name and pronoun on your health record, not on your university records.

Student Insurance Coverage

Your student insurance will cover some services for transgender students:

  • Hormone Replacement Therapy
  • Therapy Sessions
  • Medical Appointments
  • Medications

To get full coverage for these services, see a provider who will provide records stating you are diagnosed with gender identity disorder and that your treatment is medically necessary. The student health insurance policy does not cover gender reassignment surgery of any kind. 

Mental Health and Counseling

The Student Health Center has trans friendly mental health providers, and support groups specifically for the LGBTQ+ community. 

Gynecological Services

The Student Health Center will work with you to make sure your visit for gynecological care is as comfortable as possible. If you need to ask a question or discuss accommodations, you can email the nursing staff via the MyHealthSpace portal or call the head nurse at 803-777-3840.

Preferred Name and Pronoun

You can change your preferred name on Blackboard and student email. Preferred name and pronoun changes are not currently available for your Carolina Card.

Blackboard

1. Click your name on the top right of the screen
2. Click "Settings" and then "Personal Information" 
3. Click "Edit Personal Information" and change the appropriate field 
4. Your chosen name will appear once you log out

Email

1. Go to my.sc.edu and find the link at the bottom of the page that says "View Online Directory Information"
2. Once you're logged in, you will see the page that lists your current information
3. Click "Update Form" 
4. Enter your preferred name in the field and click update

This will change your name as it appears when you send email. It won't change your assigned email address. Your old name will still be listed in the directory along with your preferred name. 

Changing Legal Documents and School Records

You will need to complete a legal name change in accordance with the South Carolina name change process.

Restrooms

Single stall and gender neutral restrooms are available across campus including at the Russell House Student Union, Patterson Hall, Thompson Health Center and Strom Wellness and Fitness Center.

We are actively advocating for additional restroom access to meet the needs of all students.

Campus Activities

Intramurals

All students can participate in intramural sports with the gender they identify as. We can help if you have questions about how to play and register according to your gender identity.

Homecoming

Activities during Homecoming are gender inclusive. All students can participate in gender-specific competitions as the gender they identify as. 

Greek Life

Decisions about gender inclusivity are up to each fraternity and sorority. If you are interested in being involved, research different the organizations for their view on gender identity.

Queer Connections LGBTQ+ First Year Experience

Create a connection with someone whose been in your shoes. Learn about the First Year Experience Program.

Non-Discrimination and Protection

Gender is a protected identity on campus, and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion takes any bias or hate incidents very seriously. 

Contact us if you feel you have been discriminated against or have experienced bias. We will help you report it and rectify the situation in whatever way is appropriate.

Reporting an Incident »

Discrimination Policy [pdf] 

What is trans?

According to transstudent.org, "transgender" or "trans" is an encompassing term of many gender identities of those who do not identify or exclusively identify with their sex assigned at birth. The term transgender is not indicative of gender expression, sexual orientation, hormonal makeup, physical anatomy or how one is perceived in daily life.