Gender Inclusive Housing

Gender Inclusive Housing

The Department of Housing and Residential Education (DHRE) at California State University San Bernardino (CSUSB) values the diversity of its students, staff, and faculty and takes all efforts to promote dignity, respect, and inclusion among all residents. CSUSB Housing and Residential Education acts in concert with federal and state law, as well as California State University (CSU) and CSUSB policies and practices. Under CSU policy, no student on the basis of gender may be excluded from participation in or denied the benefits of any CSU program or activity, and all students have the right to participate free from discrimination, harassment and retaliation. Additionally, gender is defined as inclusive of one's gender identity and gender-related appearance and behavior regardless of assigned sex at birth. Within this framework, CSUSB Housing and Residential Education seeks to meet the needs of students of all gender identities/expressions in the best way possible. This includes addressing students' needs regarding accommodations and harassment complaints.

Gender Inclusive Housing (GIH) is intended to support transgender, gender variant, non-binary, and questioning students by providing non-binary housing options. In GIH, a student can live with any other student regardless of sex, gender, or gender identity/expression. As the intended purpose of GIH is to provide living options for students who do not feel comfortable in gender binary housing, preference for GIH spaces will be given to students who identify as transgender, gender variant, non-binary, and/or questioning.

Accommodations Policy

Residents seeking Gender Inclusive Housing should indicate their interest on the housing application and respond to the supplemental question provided. CSUSB Housing and Residential Education will not ask for any more information than is required to meet students’ housing needs and all information is confidential and protected by FERPA. Any students wishing to move into Gender Inclusive Housing after the application process is complete or during the academic year should contact the Housing Assignments Analyst, Monica Braceros, at MBraceros@csusb.edu or 909.537.4157. 

CSUSB Housing and Residential Education will make every effort to honor all reasonable accommodation(s) requests; however, accommodation requests will not circumvent the housing waitlist.  

Housing Options

Gender Inclusive Housing will be available in all residential Villages starting Fall 2019-2020. All residents of any type of housing must adhere to common standards of civility and respect regarding diverse gender identities/expressions. 

Roommate Issues

In CSUSB Housing and Residential Education, reports of unjust behavior can be made to any staff member. The staff member will assist or direct you to the appropriate resources to support you with your concern. If you are not comfortable on your floor or in your room or apartment, speak with your Resident Assistant or Area Coordinator. Staff are available to assist if you wish to have a mediation or conversation with your roommates about expectations in your living space. If you feel that you are not able to remain in your current room or apartment, speak with your Area Coordinator about options that may be available. Ideally, residents are able to speak to each other and resolve differences. However, if you feel that the differences are too extreme or that your safety or security are a concern, other living arrangements in CSUSB Housing and Residential Education can be considered in consultation with your Area Coordinator. If your Area Coordinator is not available within a reasonable amount of time to address your concerns, you can contact your front desk to begin the process of moving to a different housing space. If at any time anyone needs to speak to someone for information or support, contact the Associate Director for Residential Education, Holly Allar, at Holly.Allar@csusb.edu.

Students Requesting a Name Change

If your name has changed, documentation of your name change is required. Please make a copy of your documentation and send it with a name change request form. Acceptable documentation includes a birth certificate, marriage license, driver's license, California ID. International students cannot make a change until it is reflected on their Visa/Permit. Complete the Name Change Request form and submit it to the Registrar's Office (UH-171). Questions regarding this process should be forwarded to the Registrar's Office at 909.537.5200.

Intimidation/Bullying/Harassment Concerns

CSUSB does not discriminate on the basis of sex, gender, or sexual orientation in its education programs or activities. Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, and certain other federal and state laws, prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex in all education programs and activities operated by the university (both on and off campus). Title IX protects all people regardless of their gender or gender identity from sex discrimination, which includes sexual harassment and violence. For complete information and resources, visit CSUSB's Title IX & Gender Equity website or email: titleIX@csusb.edu

Campus Resources

All Gender Restrooms at CSUSB are located in the following buildings: Chemical Sciences (CS), Coyote Bookstore (BK), Health and Physical Education (HP), Performing Arts (PA), Santos Manual Student Union (SU), Social and Behavioral Sciences (SB), Student Health Center (HC), Student Recreation & Wellness Center (RF), University Center for Developmental Disabilities (DD), University Enterprises (UE) and University Hall (UH).  For assistance in locating an All Gender Restroom please reference the CSUSB Campus Map.

The Queer and Transgender Resource Center at CSUSB provides a platform for social justice, as it is related to the rights of LGBTQQIA and faculty as a safe comfortable and open academic environment for all persons on the CSUSB Campus. The Santos Manuel Student Union Queer and Transgender Resource Center serves the greater campus community, through education, advocacy and social justice. The center focuses on creating an inclusive and supportive environment for all university community members, including lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, and intersex students and their allies, as well as educating and advocating on issues such as homophobia, heterosexism, inclusive language, and other sexual or gender identity issues. Location: SMSU 112, Phone: 909.537.5963. 

The California State University, San Bernardino Ombuds Services is a confidential, informal, impartial, independent resource for the students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community members with a university-related concern seeking assistance with resolving problems, disputes, or complaints. The University Ombuds Officer will assist visitors in exploring the full range of problem-solving options and help to identify constructive resolutions. For complete information and resources, visit the University Ombuds Services website or email: ombuds@csusb.edu. Location: PL-268, Phone: 909.537.5635. 
 

Interested in insights concerning Gender & Sexuality? Please visit the CSUSB Gender and Sexuality Studies page. or call 909.537.5606.