GLBT Student Support Services

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

LGBT Life at IUB – Answers to your Questions

Does the campus and surrounding community feel safe and welcoming?

The experience of a community is highly subjective, but many people have voiced the opinion that IU and Bloomington are outstanding places for LGBT people, and have received recognition as such, such as #1 Surprisingly Gay Small Town Destination -, October 2008. In addition, Bloomington has an anti-discrimination ordinance that includes sexual orientation and gender identity.

What does Indiana University do to prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation?

Indiana University establishes itself as an LGBT-friendly campus by including the words “sexual orientation,” “gender identity,” and “gender identity or expression” in its primary non-discrimination statement and Equal Employment Opportunity policy and including sexual orientation and gender identity or expression in public written statements about diversity and multiculturalism.

Are LGBT issues and concerns and representations of LGBT people included in campus procedures and guidelines?

Indiana University includes LGBT issues, concerns, and representation in its grievance procedures, housing guidelines, admission application materials, and alumnae materials and publications.

What is Indiana University’s institutional commitment to LGBT support?

In additional to several hourly students, interns, and volunteers, Indiana University has two full-time professional staff members who are employed to support LGBT students and increase campus awareness of LGBT issues and concerns. The GLBTSSS (Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Student Support Service) office is a part of the Division of Student affairs that serves as a resource and information center on campus. The campus also has a standing advisory committee that deals with LGBT issues that advises the administration on constituent group issues and concerns.

How does Indiana University address GLBT campus safety concerns?

Indiana University’s GLBT Anti-harassment Team follows a clear and visible procedure for reporting LGBT-related bias incidents and hate crimes that includes a Bias Incident Team, methods for supporting the victim, outreach prevention for future incidents, and protocol for reporting hate crimes and bias incidents.

Is there a list of GLBT-friendly employers?

The Career Development Center and Arts & Sciences Career Services does not maintain such a list, but there is a lot of information available (some better than others) on the subject available. The Human Rights Campaign regularly publishes the Corporate Equality Index (available on their website,, which rates businesses on how inclusive of a work environment they create. The Center’s career advisors can also assist you in researching  LGBT-inclusive specific employers.


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