The Center for Trans and Queer Advocacy is apart of the Division for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. You can find out more about on our divisional website: https://www.wcupa.edu/diversityequityinclusion
Demos and FAQ's
- Back to School Tips for Self-Care
- Golden Ram Guide
- Faculty Guide to Supporting Trans and Queer Students
- CTQA Job Search Series
- An Apology Goes a Long Way!
- Summer Rec Guides
West Chester University is committed to exploring and open to providing safe campus housing for all students. Single occupancy housing is available in our traditional residence halls. Suite style housing is available in our South Campus Apartments and University Student Housing residence halls.
You can access information using the resources below:
- Traditional Residence Halls and South Campus Apartments
- Residence Life and Housing Services
Mrs. Sue Visoskas
If you would like an advocate to assist you in making your request, please contact Soozie Davidson, Administrative Assistant of the Center for Trans and Queer Advocacy, by phone at 610-436-3147 or the SAGA Student Organization at 610-436-3351
West Chester University has identified a number of single occupancy restrooms on campus. These restrooms were either initially created as single occupancy (original) or converted to single occupancy to provide more private bathroom facilities for the campus community (converted). In the converted restrooms, please make sure to lock the door when entering!
There is one single occupancy SHOWER on campus on the first floor of the Student Recreation Center.
Map of single occupancy restrooms coming soon!
Please be aware that West Chester University has been undergoing construction and renovation, therefore the below information may not be perfectly up-to-date. Updated information will be posted soon.
|Sykes Student Union||Lower Level, Behind EcoGrounds (2)||original|
|13/15 University Avenue||1st floor (2)
2nd floor (1)
|Philips Building||Ground (2)
2nd floor (2)
|Emilie K. Asplundh Concert Hall||Behind the stage (1)||original|
|Ehinger Gym||Near room 133 (2)||original|
|Hollinger Gym||Ground floor (2)
1st floor (2) between Hollinger and Ehinger
|Alumni House||1st floor (2)||original|
|Student Recreation Center||1st floor (2) by locker rooms||original|
|Messikomer Hall||1st floor (2)
3rd floor (1)
|McKelvie Hall||3 throughout the house||original|
|Filano Hall||1st floor (2)
2nd floor (1)
3rd floor (1)
|624 South High Street||
1st floor (1)
|Wayne Hall||2nd-9th floors: 6 bathrooms on each floor||Original|
1st floor (2) 202, 204
2nd floor (2) 242A, 243 A
|Main Hall||1st floor (2)||Converted|
|Recitation Hall||2nd floor (1) 202 B||Converted|
|Ruby Jones||2-for faculty only||Original|
|Ruby Jones||1st floor (2)||Original|
|Schmucker South||4th floor (1) by 402||Original|
|Schmucker Science Link||1st floor by Planetarium||Original|
|Sturzebecker HSC||2nd floor (1)-208 A
3rd floor (1): 321
|114 W. Rosedale||ground floor (1)
2nd floor (2)
|Anderson Hall||3rd floor (1)||Original|
|Reynolds Hall||1st floor (1)
2nd floor (1)
|Killinger Hall||Lobby (1)
|Goshen Hall||Lobby (2)||Converted|
|Schmidt Hall||Lobby (2)||Converted|
|Tyson Hall||Lobby (2)||Converted|
|University Hall||One on each floor||Original|
|South Campus/VIllage||2 in food service area||Original|
If you are interested viewing the University's Official Preferred Name Policy, you can view it here . If you are interested in viewing the University's Policy Library, you can view that here.
West Chester University recognizes members of its community use and identify with first names that are different from their legal names. A chosen or preferred name is crucial in regard to trans and queer identity and will impact their ability to successfully navigate the campus environment. Therefore, the University has established this policy that allows preferred first names to appear in select University systems and records, even if individuals have not changed their legal names. While anyone is welcome to use a preferred name, this policy was developed to respond to the needs of transgender and non-binary communities, international communities, and anyone who prefers the use of a name other than their legal name.
Instructions on how to complete a preferred name request can be found here .
A student or employee’s preferred first name will be used in place of the person’s legal name in select University systems and records as follows:
- University identification card
- Official email display name
- Phone directory
- Class and grade roster
- Select student activities records
- Student Information System (MyWCU account)
- Learning management systems (e.g. D2L)
- University communications and mailings
- Press releases
- Social media
*Students may choose to restrict directory information, including the listing of their (legal or preferred) name, by completing the Request for Nondisclosure of Directory Information. View the form here . This is done through the Registrars Office.
If you would like an advocate to help you make these requests, please contact Soozie Davidson, Administrative Assistant of the Center for Trans and Queer Advocacy, by phone at 610-436-3147
Legal names will be used for official University records including, but not limited to, the following:
- Legal documents and reports produced by the University
- Student account statements
- Financial aid and scholarship documents
- Enrollment and degree verifications
- Employment and personnel records
- Paychecks, tax documents, and other payroll documents
- Benefits enrollment
**Please note that students and employees will only be permitted to change a preferred first name once per semester. A one-time waiver of the fee to update the student or employee identification card with the preferred name will be provided. Subsequent changes will result in an applicable fee. University identifications cards for students and employees are managed through the Ram Card Office by Student Services, Inc. (SSI).
Individuals will be held responsible for any actions under your signature with the use of your Preferred or Legal Name.
Preferred name requests may be denied or revoked when the name is deemed inappropriate including, but not limited to, any of the following reasons: avoidance of a legal obligation; fraud; obscene language, or misrepresentation. Reports of such activity will be addressed pursuant to University policies and procedures and applicable law. The following offices may be notified as the circumstances warrant: Human Resources; Student Conduct; Office for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion; Provost; University Legal Counsel, and/or any appropriate law enforcement entity.
A preferred name request that is denied may be appealed to the Vice President of Student Affairs (students) or Vice President of Finance and Administration (employees), or their designees, if new information that was not previously available is presented that might change the nature of the request. All appeals must be made in writing, within 30 days of the notification of the denied request.
Philadelphia Trans Wellness Conference
PTWC is now the largest conference in the world for transgender, gender-nonconforming, non-binary and intersex people. It has grown into a 3-day conference with free general admission to attendees and a thriving professional track for medical, behavioral, and legal providers. It has grown to provide a safe, affirming, and inclusive space for children in our Kids Camp and Youth Space and so much more!
Lavender Graduation Class of 2020
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