To assist in these efforts, the GLBT Center facilitates the Transgender Support Team, an interdisciplinary NC State team committed to promoting the support and wellness of transgender students. Membership of the team includes the GLBT Center, Counseling Center, Student Health, University Housing, and University Recreation. Click on the tabs below to learn more about trans issues in each university setting.
Trans Support Team
Andy DeRoin, assistant director
Dr. Richard Tyler-Walker, assistant director
Chris Mears, assignments coordinator
Stacy Connell, associate director
Student Health Services
Dr. Julie Ann Casani, director of medical services
Questions and Procedures
Do I have to legally change my name to have a different name appear on NC State-associated records?
While a person’s legal name is used by default, NC State University recognizes that, as a community, many of its members use names other than their legal names to identify themselves. As long as the use of this different name is not for misrepresentation, the university acknowledges that a preferred name can and should be used wherever appropriate in the course of university business and education. Students, faculty, and staff may choose to identify themselves within the university community with preferred first, middle and/or last names that differ from their legal names.
The preferred name will appear instead of the legal name in university systems and documents except where the use of the legal name is required by university or legal requirement.
Individuals are free to determine the preferred names by which they want to be known within the university community. However, inappropriate use of preferred name by an individual will result in removal of the preferred name from that individual’s record. Inappropriate use includes names that attempt to avoid legal obligation, misrepresent the individual, harass, threaten or are otherwise objectionable.
How do I update my preferred name in the system?
For Students, you can update your preferred name in the MyPack portal. Go to MyPack portal > Student homepage > Personal Information tile > Personal Details
For employees, updating your directory listing with a preferred name will carry the preferred name to your Gmail account and other areas listed above. Here is the link to Update Your Directory Listing (Faculty/Staff). You’ll need to login with your unity ID to complete the update.
Please visit Student Services for additional information and instructions.
What’s the overall process for starting hormones if I use Student Health Services?
NC State Student Health Services (SHS) is committed to providing effective evidence-based healthcare to all students as they navigate their college experiences. For transgender students, we provide medical health care and support in exploring gender identity and decision-making regarding gender expression, social transition, and/or medical transition. Our work is informed by current standards published by UpToDate, WPath (World Professional Association for Transgender Health), and UCSF (University of California at San Francisco) protocols. SHS strictly adheres to Federal HIPAA laws concerning protected health information.
I am currently taking hormones, but I want get my prescription through SHS. What do I have to do?
You are able to transfer your care to SHS. You will need to provide all available past medical records related to your hormones or other transition-related medications/procedures. This is to verify the medical dosage and pertinent history and lab work. If this information cannot be obtained or you have been self-dosing without a prescription, you will be referred to an endocrinologist for re-establishment of hormone therapy.
I have student health insurance. What is and is not covered?
Hormone therapy is covered under student health insurance. Surgical procedures are not covered at this time, but SHS and the GLBT Center continually advocate for more comprehensive insurance coverage.
What do the consent forms look like for hormone therapy?
The links below will take you to the consent forms adopted by SHS:
What is the process like at the Counseling Center?
The NC State Counseling Center is committed to providing effective evidence-based mental healthcare to all students as they navigate their college experiences. For transgender students, we provide mental health care and support in exploring gender identity and making decisions regarding gender expression, social transition, and/or medical transition. Our work is informed using the current World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) Standards of Care (SoC) as well as consideration of the Informed Consent for Access to Trans Health (ICATH) movement. The Counseling Center strictly adheres to Federal HIPAA laws concerning protected health information.
Per the NC State Counseling Center policy, students may receive a letter of support for hormone therapy. One of the NC State Counseling Center clinicians must meet with a student before providing a letter of support. With appropriate consent obtained, a clinical assessment to assess the incongruence between one’s experienced gender and one’s assigned sex as well as any mental health concerns will be provided. This assessment is typically completed over several sessions. Sessions will also include exploring information related to the social and medical changes associated with hormone therapy as well as referrals for local endocrinologists.
To make an appointment with a clinician in the Counseling Center, students initiating services for the first time are asked to walk in to the Counseling Center to meet with a triage clinician who will set up an appointment for therapy. Students who are already engaged in treatment at the Counseling Center are encouraged to speak with their clinician.
Below is a quick overview of the resources the GLBT Center and NC State has to offer.
GLBT CommUNITY Alliance (GLBTCA): the GLBT student organization
T-Files: a peer-led support group for those who identify under the transgender umbrella
QPOC: A space for queer people of color to find support and explore the intersections of identity
Out in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (oSTEM): for those who are LGBTQ and majoring or working in a STEM field
AcePack: a peer interest group for students on the asexual and/or aromantic spectra
Bi/Pan @ NCSU: a peer interest group for bisexual and pansexual students
GLBT Faculty/Staff Network: community for GLBT faculty and staff
Sexuality and Gender Centers
Talley Student Union, Suite 5230
Talley Student Union, Suite 5210
- Drop-In Counseling Hours (at GLBT Center) every Tuesday from 2-4 PM
- Individual and Group Counseling (Counseling Center)
- Transcending and Connecting: a professionally-led counseling group for transgender, genderqueer, gender non-conforming, and gender questioning students. Contact Dr. Jennifer Glassmire-Policari for more information.
- LGBTQQ Counseling Group: a professionally-led counseling group for students who identity under the LGBTQQ umbrella. Contact Dr. Richard Tyler-Walker for more information.
- On-Call Counselor after business hours: (919) 515-3000
Harassment Support / Response
University Housing works to create an inclusive environment for all students. We work with students on an individual basis. To talk through your Housing assignment or Housing needs please contact Evelyn Buck at 919-515-2440.
How do I navigate University Recreation as a transgender student?
University Recreation can update their system with a different name and picture. This will allow for smooth access to the Carmichael Complex and other University Recreation services. Transgender students are free to use the locker rooms and restrooms in accordance with their gender identity. Additionally, two gender-inclusive, single-occupancy restrooms and one gender-inclusive, single-occupancy locker room are available for use.
What about if I want to participate in Intramural or Club Sports?
Per the University Recreation Intramural Sports Handbook: “All students, faculty and staff can participate in the gender-specific league that affirms each participant’s personal gender identity. The participant’s gender identity will also be applied when there are gender-specific rules or player ratio requirements in co-recreational leagues. Any matters that may arise in regards to gender identity within intramural sports participation can be subject to review on a case-by-case basis by the Assistant Director, Competitive Sports professional staff in conjunction with NC State GLBT Center. All Intramural Sports participants are subject to the NC State University non-discrimination policies. If complaints of discrimination or harassment arise, they will be referred to the Office of Student Conduct (for complaints against students) or to the Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity (for complaints against employees).”
Per the NC State Club Sports Handbook: “Participation in Club Sports will be resolved on a case-by-case basis based on the applicable National Governing Body.”
What are the accommodations for travel with University Recreation?
In regards with my club sport, on an outdoor adventures trip, etc.?
Transgender students generally should be assigned to share hotel rooms or other lodging based on their gender identity, with recognition that any student who needs extra privacy be accommodated whenever possible.
How do I handle being in class?
The first few weeks of class are always hard. You have to decide what you are comfortable sharing about your gender identity with your professor and classmates. The GLBT Center is here to help. Staff members can help you figure out what you want to say and how you want to say it. We can even meet with your professor on your behalf.
What do I do if the name I use in class is different from the one on the class roster or Moodle?
If you are comfortable, you can email the professor before the first day of class to introduce yourself and disclose that your name on official records is different from the name you go by, as well as request the use of your correct pronouns. Many professors are understanding about the need to use your correct name/pronouns from the first day of class. However, also be prepared to correct them when they make mistakes. Do so in a polite and matter-of-fact way. It’s frustrating in the meantime, but they will retrain their brains eventually. For information about how to update your preferred name in university records, click on the Name Change tab above.
It is also possible to unofficially change your name on many university systems. However, this change is not the same as a legal name-change and is not able to change financial aid records, official transcripts or Human Resources/on-campus employment records. See the “Name Change” tab for more information.
Can I see an example of an email to send to professors about my name and pronouns?
There are many ideas online for how to approach a professor in an email. Below is a template to get you started.
Dear Professor [Last Name],
My name is [Your Name], and I am in your course [Course Title and Number] that is held on [days] at [time] this [term]. I am transgender and have not legally changed my name. My legal name [Your Legal First and Last Name] will appear on your roster and in Moodle. I would greatly appreciate it if you refer to me as [Your Name] and use [pronouns] when referring to me. I am also working with the GLBT Center to get my name updated on Moodle. [OPTIONAL: It is my goal for my classmates to only know me as [Your Name], and your help in this is greatly appreciated. OR I am comfortable with my classmates knowing I am transgender. OR I am comfortable with my classmates knowing I am transgender, and I am comfortable answering any questions as they arise. OR another sentence that captures your comfort level] Thank you for your understanding, and please let me know if you have any questions. I look forward to starting your course next week.
What if my professor or classmates are not willing to use my correct name or pronouns?
If someone refuses to use your correct name or pronouns, this is a violation of the NC State Equal Opportunity and Non-Discrimination Policy. This type of behavior can and should be reported to the Office for Institutional Equity and Diversity. The NC State Student Services Center has a great resource on pronouns and gender identity that can also be used as guidance.