On-campus Trans* Resources
Resources and Policies for Trans* and Allied Students, Faculty, and Staff
(Note: We use the asterisk in “trans*” as a catch-all placeholder to include all transgender, genderqueer, and gender non-conforming identities.)
“Haverford College does not discriminate in education or employment on the basis of sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, race, color, age, religion, disability, genetic information, national or ethnic origin, citizenship, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.”— Excerpt from the Haverford College Non-Discrimination Policy
Haverford College is an accomplished and dynamic community spanning diverse gender identities including trans*. We are committed to providing an open and comfortable environment for trans* students, staff, and faculty.
Housing and Restrooms
Every first year student at Haverford goes through the Customs program, which offers trans* students built-in spaces to explore identity and reflect on their experience. Customs teams include trained conversation starters called Peer Awareness Facilitators (PAFs) who foster safe-space based dialogue. PAFs will lead separate discussions on Gender and Sexuality at some point in the year, and the discussions include individuals of all gender identities. For more information on the first-year experience, please visit the Dean’s first year blog.
Mixed-gender housing with gender-neutral restrooms is available in all upper-class housing. Gender-neutral restrooms are pre-designated in three Customs Groups, and all other Customs groups will vote upon arrival to make their restrooms gendered or non-gendered. Incoming first-year students can confidentially express their needs regarding pre-designated gender-neutral restrooms on the Housing Questionnaire available to matriculating students in the summer before their arrival.
In 2015, a new campus policy required all new buildings and major renovations to include single-use gender-neutral restrooms. The College will also consider converting existing restrooms into gender-neutral restrooms where possible.
The Office of Residential Life recognizes that trans* students have a wide variety of housing preferences and needs. E-mail the Director of Residential Life (email@example.com), with individual concerns or questions, or contact the student-chaired Residential Life Committee.
Documentation: Legal Name and Gender Marker
A legal name change can be done without an attorney in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and the process typically takes three to six months. Visit TransCentralPA’s resource here to learn more or get started.
A student’s legal name appears on official Haverford documents including the transcript, diploma, and OneCard. We regret that this is required by law. If you have legally changed your name, it’s a good idea to contact the Registrar at firstname.lastname@example.org, who will revise your Haverford documentation for you. Once this is done, you can get a free OneCard replacement from the Campus Safety Office on the first floor of the Gardner Integrated Athletic Center (GIAC). More information about the OneCard can be found here.
Your gender marker does not appear on your OneCard or your transcript, but it might be seen by personnel in some databases, such as the health center for medical reasons. We regret that the only options available at this time are female and male, and that markers can only be modified after a legal change has taken place.
Documentation: Preferred Name
Bionic is an online Bi-Co administrative and academic portal. To add a preferred name, log on to Bionic, click Self Service, and click Update Bio-Demo, which lets you change your preferred name but not your legal name (see above). Bionic feeds into other online systems including Moodle (see below); if you change your preferred name in Bionic, Moodle will use the new name starting the following semester.
Moodle is used in many classes for content storage and submissions. Students can add a preferred name to their Moodle account, which will appear along with their legal name on professors’ rosters. Log on to Moodle and click your default name at the top right of the screen. Under the Preferences menu, click Edit Profile, then scroll down to the Alternate Name line under Additional Names. Note that adding a name in Moodle isn’t necessary if you have already added a name in Bionic (see above), but this is useful if you are still waiting for Moodle to update automatically at the start of a new semester.
If you have changed your preferred or legal name, you can submit a request to the IITS ProDesk (email@example.com) to have your @haverford.edu email address updated. Also, Haverford email communication is powered by Gmail, which allows users to update their preferred name associated with their email address. To do this, click the gear symbol in the upper right corner of your email page (mail.haverford.edu), and under Settings, click the Accounts tab. In the Send Mail As section, click Edit Info and update your preferred name.
Healthcare and Counseling
We recognize that trans* people are sometimes hesitant to access healthcare. Contact the Women*s Center staff, who are eager to answer your questions and point you in the right direction; they can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Also see the healthcare websites listed in the Resources Beyond Haverford section below.
Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP)
Haverford College is the second college or university in Pennsylvania to offer a trans*-inclusive and LGBTQ-affirming health insurance policy. Review the Student Health Insurance Plan through United Healthcare's summary of Transgender Care benefits and coverage (PDF).
Morris Health Services
Morris Health Services is a safe welcoming place all students. Staff respectfully encourage conversation about trans* health and are trained to address students trans* healthcare concerns. Health Care services include: Primary care, Preventive Medical Care,Transition-related care, Hormone Therapy, Laboratory Monitoring, and referrals to counseling and community Trans* resources.
Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS)
All counselors at Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS) hope to help in any way they can regarding gender and sexuality. Students may make an appointment with a CAPS counselor by visiting the CAPS office in Stokes, calling 610-896-1290, or e-mailing Patty Rawlings at email@example.com.
Resources Beyond Haverford
Allyship and Education
Health and Healthcare
- The Mazzoni Center (The Trans* Inclusivity Committee has worked with the Mazzoni Center in Philadelphia and would be happy to put anyone in touch with them.)
- Trans Health
- Gay and Lesbian Medical Association (GLMA) Trans Health Resources