Safe Zone Resources

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University Policies

Statement of Non-Discrimination:

UMW includes sexual orientation, gender identity, and sex in our non-discrimination policy for both students and faculty/staff.

Bias incidents can be reported to our AAEEO Officer, Sabrina Johnson

Statement of Community Values and Behavioral Expectations in the Faculty Handbook:

“The right of every individual to be treated with dignity and respect at all times” and “The appreciation of and respect for diversity in our community and adherence to the University’s Guiding Principles on Diversity and Inclusion and the University’s Statement of Non-Discrimination.”

Statement of Community Values and Behavioral Expectations in the Student Handbook

 UMW Preferred Name Policy:

UMW students have the ability to change their preferred name, as it will appear on class rosters, advisee lists and grading, as well as in Canvas. To do so, the student must submit this form to the Registrar’s Office. Other than the form, no documentation is needed. A preferred name can be changed no more than once an academic year. Please note that indicating a preferred name does not change the student’s official university records. In order to change a legal name, the student must present legal documents, such as a court order or marriage license, and a Change of Name Request form to the Registrar’s Office.


How long does it take for the updated preferred name to appear?

It can take up to 3 days for the change to appear in Banner. Once the change is made in Banner, then the roster is updated immediately. Canvas is updated daily.

Will my parents know I have indicated a preferred name?

No, parents do not receive notification that a change was made. Preferred name is only used on the class rosters, mid-term rosters, advisee lists, and final grades. Therefore, faculty and staff will have access to it. The preferred name will never be used for official university business.

Can I update my UMW email address to reflect my preferred name?

At this time, no, you cannot change your UMW username or email address.

Can I update my Eagle One card to reflect my preferred name?

No, your Eagle One card must have your legal name.

Can I update my official UMW picture?

Yes, but there may be a fee associated with the change.

UMW Housing Information and Policies:

The Gender Neutral Housing Community is a community housed in Madison Hall that embraces the concept of gender neutral housing within the university setting. Members provide peer support and educate the campus community through programming and social initiatives that increase awareness about gender identity.  While this community brings about awareness and support around gender identity, individual housing units (bedrooms) are still assigned based on biological sex unless students opt into the Flexible Housing program.

Flexible Housing: An opt in program in which two or more students mutually agree to share a room/suite/apartment without regard to sex or gender of the students involved. This is generally available to upper-class students only.  Special consideration for freshman will be made on a case by case basis.



On Campus LGBTQ Resources/Organizations

James Farmer Multicultural Center: Aims to create an educational environment that broadens our understanding and appreciation of multiculturalism, diversity, and social justice. Sponsors and plans great events throughout the year, such as the gender and sexual minorities and allies celebration.

PRISM: Student-led organization that promotes the values of diversity and acceptance of students of sexual and gender minorities

Gender-Inclusive Restrooms

For a list of Gender Inclusive Restrooms, please visit Gender Inclusive Campus Restrooms.

 Additional On Campus Resources

Talley Center for Counseling Services: Provides both individual and group therapy, including a GLBQ therapy group.

 LGBTQ Community and National Organizations

PFLAG (Parents, Families, Friends, and Allies United with LGBT People to move equality forward): Fredericksburg advocacy group that supports and educates people about the LGBT community.

Equality Virginia: A statewide, non-partisan education, outreach and advocacy organization seeking equality for LGBTQ Virginians.

Human Rights Campaign: The largest civil rights organization working to achieve equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender American.

Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network: A national organization that advocates for LGBTQ students.

Coalition for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Awareness: A national coalition of educators and administrators that advocate for LGBTQ inclusion on college campuses across America.

Trans Student Education Resources: Webpage managed entirely by trans students and is dedicated to raising awareness of transgender issues.

 Additional National Resources

Trevor Lifeline
A crisis intervention and suicide prevention services available 24/7.

Phone: 1.866.488.7386
Text: 1-202-304-1200

If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Laura Wilson at