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Office of Multicultural Student Affairs

IRIS student organization representatives present at the welcome carnival.

LGBTQ+ Resources

We work to create an inclusive campus culture, and offer support and services that help LGBTQ+ students with their specific needs.

Support and Services

While University of South Carolina does not currently offer gender-neutral housing, campus housing assignments are based on your gender identity.  Many times, trans students have the option to live in a single or double occupancy rooms. 

Additionally, University Housing offers roommate matching assistance that individuals can cater to their needs.  As part of our commitment to an inclusive environment where everyone is valued and respected, you may contact Joe Fortune directly via email at jfortune@email.sc.edu to discuss your specific needs.  Otherwise, we can help you navigate the university housing system and serve as an advocate for your needs. We strive to make USC a welcoming home for all to live and learn

You have options when it comes to letting your professors know your preferred name and pronoun:

  • Talk to them one-on-one
  • Send an email
  • Have us notify them

You should do what's best for you at this time in your life. We're available to help you talk through what to say or review your email if you'd like. 

We can notify your professors for you.

Fill out the notification request form. You'll need the names and email addresses for the faculty members you'd like to notify. Currently, this request is only available for students at the USC Columbia campus.

We will send an email to the addresses you give us. It will contain no identifying information and will list best practices the professor can follow in order to make your experience in class more positive.
Sample Notification Letter [pdf]

Changing Your Health Record 

We want to make sure you are identified correctly when you come in for a visit.

Changing Your Name or Pronoun on Your Medical Records

You can change your name and pronouns in the profile section of MyHealthSpace or by calling 803-777-8283.

Non-Medical University Records

As a default, we use the information provided by the University Registrar for your name and gender. Changing your name and pronoun with us will only affect your medical records. We keep separate records from the rest of the university system, so the change won't affect your other university records."

 

Student Insurance Coverage

Your student insurance will cover some services for transgender students:

  • Hormone Replacement Therapy
  • Therapy Sessions
  • Medical Appointments
  • Medications

To get full coverage for these services, see a provider who will provide records stating you are diagnosed with gender identity disorder and that your treatment is medically necessary. The student health insurance policy does not cover gender affirmation surgery of any kind. 

Mental Health and Counseling

The Student Health Center has trans friendly mental health providers, and support groups specifically for the LGBTQ+ community. 

Gynecological Services

The Student Health Center will work with you to make sure your visit for gynecological care is as comfortable as possible. If you need to ask a question or discuss accommodations, you can email the nursing staff via the MyHealthSpace portal or call the head nurse at 803-777-3840.

You can change your preferred name on Blackboard and student email. Preferred name and pronoun changes are not currently available for your Carolina Card.

Blackboard

1. Click your name on the top right of the screen
2. Click "Settings" and then "Personal Information" 
3. Click "Edit Personal Information" and change the appropriate field 
4. Your chosen name will appear once you log out

 

Changing Legal Documents and School Records

You will need to complete a legal name change in accordance with the state of South Carolina name change process.

Single-stall and gender-neutral restrooms are available across campus including at the Russell House Student Union, Patterson Hall, Thompson Health Center and Strom Wellness and Fitness Center.

We are actively advocating for additional restroom access to meet the needs of all students. 

View on the UofSC Campus Map

Building Campus Type Keywords
(hidden column)
1200 Catawba Street, 1st floor South Campus all gender  
1710 College Street (Institutional Research), 1st Floor East Campus single stall (W)  
1710 College Street (Institutional Research), 2nd Floor East Campus all gender  
1710 College Street (Institutional Research), Basement East Campus all gender  
1714 College Street (Rule of Law Center), 1st Floor East Campus all gender  
Arnold School of Public Health, 3rd Floor Assembly St. all gender  
Bates House, 1st Floor South Campus single stall (M)  
Bates House, 1st Floor South Campus single stall (W)  
Bates West, 1st Floor South Campus single stall (M)  
Bates West, 1st Floor South Campus single stall (W)  
Blatt PE Center, 2nd Floor South Campus all gender  
Callcott Social Science Center, 1st Floor Central Campus all gender   
Callcott Social Science Center, 1st Floor Central Campus single stall (M)   
Callcott Social Science Center, 2nd Floor Central Campus all gender  
Callcott Social Science Center, 2nd Floor Central Campus single stall (M)   
Callcott Social Science Center, 2nd Floor Central Campus  single stall (W)   
Callcott Social Science Center, 3rd Floor Central Campus  all gender   
Callcott Social Science Center, 3rd Floor Central Campus  single stall (W)   
Callcott Social Science Center, Ground Floor Central Campus  all gender   
Callcott Social Science Center, Ground Floor Central Campus  single stall (M)   
Callcott Social Science Center, Ground Floor Central Campus  single stall (W)   
Capstone House, Lobby East Campus all gender  
Center for Health and Wellbeing, 1st Floor Central Campus  all gender   
Center for Health and Wellbeing, 2nd Floor Central Campus  single stall (M)   
Center for Health and Wellbeing, 2nd Floor Central Campus  single stall (W)   
Coker Life Sciences Building, 1st Floor West Campus single stall (M)   
Columbia Hall, 1st Floor  East Campus  single stall (M)   
Columbia Hall, 1st Floor East Campus single stall (W)  
CS Lewis Student Center, 1st Floor East Campus all gender   
Currell College, 1st Floor Horseshoe  single stall (M)   
Currell College, 2nd Floor Horseshoe  single stall (W)   
Davis College, 1st Floor Horseshoe all gender  
East Quadrangle, 2nd Floor South Campus  single stall (M)   
East Quadrangle, 2nd Floor South Campus single stall (W)   
Earth and Water Sciences, 7th Floor West Campus single stall (W)   
Earth and Water Sciences, 6th Floor West Campus single stall (W)   
Earth and Water Sciences, 5th Floor West Campus  single stall (M)   
Flinn Hall Horseshoe  all gender   
Former Law Center, 1st Floor West Campus  single stall (M)   
Former Law Center, 1st Floor West Campus  single stall (W)  
Green Quadrangle A, 2nd Floor South Campus  all gender   
Green Quadrangle C, 1st Floor South Campus all gender   
Honors Residence Hall, 1st Floor West Campus  single stall (M)   
Honors Residence Hall, 1st Floor West Campus  single stall (W)   
Humanities Classroom Building, 1st Floor East Campus  all gender   
Humanities Office Building, Basement East Campus all gender  
John M Palms Center for Graduate Science Research, 1st Floor West Campus single stall (M)   
Maxcy College, 1st Floor Horseshoe  all gender   
McBryde Quadrangle A, 1st Floor Central Campus all gender  
McBryde Quadrangle B, 1st Floor  Central Campus all gender  
McBryde Quadrangle C, 1st Floor  Central Campus all gender   
McBryde Quadrangle F, 1st Floor  Central Campus  all gender   
McBryde Quadrangle G, 1st Floor  Central Campus  all gender   
McClintock, 1st Floor Central Campus  all gender   
McKissick, 1st Floor Horseshoe  all gender   
Patterson Hall, 1st Floor Central Campus  all gender   
Pinckney/Legare, 1st Floor Horseshoe  all gender  
Preston Residential College, 1st Floor Horseshoe  all gender   
Roost Residence Hall, 1st Floor South Campus  all gender   
Roost Residence Hall, 1st Floor South Campus  single stall (M)   
Roost Residence Hall, 1st Floor South Campus  single stall (W)   
Russell House, Starbucks Central Campus  all gender   
Russell House, West Wing Central Campus  all gender   
Sims, 1st Floor Central Campus  all gender   
Sims, 1st Floor Central Campus  single stall (M)   
Sims, 1st Floor Central Campus   single stall (W)   
South Quadrangle, 1st Floor South Campus  single stall (M)   
South Quadrangle, 1st Floor South Campus  single stall (W)   
Spigner House, 2nd Floor East Campus  all gender   
Strom Thurmond Wellness and Fitness Center, Ground Floor Assembly St.  all gender   
Thomson Building, 1st Floor Central Campus  all gender   
Thomson Building, Ground Floor Central Campus  single stall (M)   
Thomson Building, Ground Floor Central Campus  single stall (W)   
Wade Hampton, Basement Central Campus  all gender   
Williams-Brice Building, 2nd Floor East Campus  all gender   

 

Intramurals

All students can participate in intramural sports with the gender with which they identify. A participant may consult with the intramural sports office at intramurals@sc.edu with any questions about roster eligibility based on one’s gender identity.

Homecoming

Activities during Homecoming are gender inclusive. All students can participate in gender-specific competitions as the gender they identify as. 

Fraternity and Sorority Life

Decisions about gender inclusivity are up to each fraternity and sorority. If you are interested in being involved, research different the organizations for their view on gender identity.

Queer Connections LGBTQ+ First Year Experience

Create a connection with someone whose been in your shoes. Learn about the First Year Experience Program.

Gender is a protected identity on campus, and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion takes any bias or hate incidents very seriously. 

Contact us if you feel you have been discriminated against or have experienced bias. We will help you report it and rectify the situation in whatever way is appropriate.

Reporting an Incident »

Discrimination Policy [pdf] 

 


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