Members of the Cornell community may have some questions in light of the United States Department of Justice and Department of Education’s recent withdrawal of previous guidance on transgender students.
Cornell University is committed to providing a safe, inclusive, and respectful learning, living, and working environment for its students, faculty, and staff members and to continued inclusion of sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender expression and gender identity in our non-discrimination policies. Furthermore, New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo issued a statement on February 23, 2017, reaffirming New York State’s commitment to these very basic human rights.
Cornell’s Restroom/Facilities Use Guidelines provide:
In keeping with the University’s policy of nondiscrimination and the commitment to inclusion, the University allows students, staff, faculty, and visitors to use the restroom or facility that corresponds to their gender identity.* In addition, the University maintains a number of universal restrooms across campus to address restroom facility access not necessarily related to gender identity, such as access for parents with children and for other attendants/caregivers. These facilities are all-gender, accessible spaces, which may include amenities for families such as baby changing stations.
*Gender identity refers to an individual’s internal sense of gender. A person’s gender identity may be different from or the same as the person’s sex assigned at birth.
The guidelines are unchanged by the recent actions of the federal government. Cornell is committed to our ongoing initiatives underway at the university to continue to advance protections for the LGBTQ+ community.