GLBT Student Support Services

Frequently Asked Questions

Transgender and Gender Non-conforming

This page contains General Atmosphere, Name Changes at Indiana University, name Change at State Level, Health Care, and Financial.  Please scroll down the page to find the one(s) you’re looking for.

Does IU Bloomington housing accommodate trans people?
Yes. IU’s Residential Programs and Services will work with students to find the best housing situation, on a case-by-case basis.

Quote from http://www.rps.indiana.edu/housinggd_place.cfml:
“Support is available to students with transgender needs. Staff are committed to finding space that meets the needs of each individual. Contact the Assistant Director for Diversity Education at 812-855-1764 or housing@indiana.edu. This individual will work directly with the student and the assignment office to find an appropriate space.”

Where can I find gender-neutral bathrooms on campus?
IU offers several gender-neutral bathrooms around campus, a partial listing of these may be found at the safe2pee website: http://safe2pee.org/new/map/us/in/bloomington

What inclusive policies does Indiana University have for transgender students?
Indiana University allows students to self-identify their gender identity or expression on standard forms for such things as admission applications, housing applications, and designations.  Indiana University also has a process for students to change their name and gender identity or expression on university records and documents. For more information on how to do so, contact Rob Robbins, Demographic Specialist at the Office of the Registrar by phone 812-855-5683, by fax 812-855-3311, or by email regrdemo@indiana.edu.

Who should I contact if my teacher/RA/university staff member is not respecting my preferred gender or is being disrespectful to transpeople?
You can contact IU’s Incident Teams to report the incident, and they will help you achieve a solution. You can visit the Incident Teams’ website by clicking here. You can also directly contact them  by email, or phone (812)855-8188. Besides the Incident Teams, consider contacting the Student Advocates office, located on the second floor Eigenmann Hall. They can also be reached by email or phone (812)-8550-761.

Name Changes at Indiana University

I need to make identity changes and I am also an employee or a student of IU. How do I do that?
To see the complete process check out the section of the website IU Resources, located under the Resources section of the website.

Must I choose male or female as my gender designation?
YES. Federal reporting requirements only provide for male or female.  Unknown is not an acceptable choice and you will be asked to make a decision.  Discussions have begun at the federal, state (Indiana) and university wide level to recognize and add a transgender designation.  This is a lengthy process; you are not likely to see it as an option during your IU career.

Name Change at  State Level

 I need to make identity changes and I am a resident of Indiana. How do I do that?
To see the complete process check out the section of the website State Resources, located under the Resources section of the website.

I need to make identity changes and I am a resident of another state. How do I do that?
If you are not an Indiana resident, please check with your home state Bureau of Motor Vehicles (or similar department) for their documentation requirements.

Health Care

Can I get hormones in Bloomington?
The IU Health Center cannot prescribe hormones, but their pharmacy will fill hormone prescriptions from other doctors.

I am transgender. Where can I find a provider for my healthcare needs?
Transgender students can receive general healthcare from the IU Health Center. For transgender-specific healthcare needs (such as hormones or surgery), go to the GLBTSSS’  Professionals and Businesses page for a list of current medical providers.  (Note: this provider research is changing and ongoing. Please contact the office if you know of any providers or surgeons you would like added to the list)

Financial

I’m FTM and haven’t signed up for selective service (the draft). Will this impact my FAFSA?
All legal males in the United States ages 18-25 must register for selective service (the draft). Failure to do so may result in a halting of your federal financial aid, job training or federal employment opportunities. All transgender individuals are legally exempt from the draft, but if you are legally male by any federal documentation and have not registered for the draft, it may raise a red flag on your application. For any questions, contact the Selective Service administration.  In general, you may follow the guidelines below:

If you are an MTF between the ages of 18 and 25 and your federal documentation still says male, you should simply register for the draft to avoid any problems.

If you are an MTF and you have changed all of your federal documentation from male to female, you are legally female and automatically exempt from the draft.

If you are an FTM and all your federal documentation says female, you are legally female and automatically exempt from the draft.

If you are an FTM between the ages of 18 and 25 and have changed all of your federal documentation from female to male, you should simply register for the draft to avoid any problems.

If you are an FTM age 26 or older and have never registered for the draft, you may fill out an exemption form through the Selective Service System

If you are an FTM between the ages of 18 and 25 and have changed some of your federal documentation, you may be able to simply register for the draft and avoid any problems. If you are not able to register for the draft, you may try to change all (or enough) of your documentation to male so that you may register. With a letter from a physician and a passport stating male, it should be enough to change your social security card designation from female to male, which would allow you to sign up for the draft . If you are unable to change your social security record, you may contact the Selective Service System for an exemption or direction for your specific situation.


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