FAQ

How can I use my chosen name on my degree? How about my Harvard ID?

You may update your chosen name at any time on my.harvard by clicking on the pencil next to your name in the personal information tab. 

At this time only the official name can appear on the HUID card. However your official name can be derivative of your legal name (e.g. initials as opposed to the full name). Contact the Registrar's Office for this option. The reason that Harvard Campus Services requires legal name is because they need to verify a

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If I am transgender do I have to use a gender neutral restroom or can I use the bathroom of my choice?

Harvard University includes gender identity on their non-discrimination code, so people using restrooms aligned with their gender identity are protected by the university. Furthermore, there is an ordinance in Cambridge and Boston that requires businesses to allow a person to use a bathroom aligned with their gender identity. If a student faces any hostility due to their gender identity or expression, please reach out to HUPD at (617) 495-1212. The

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Is there a way to identify as LGBTQ as in incoming freshman to ensure that I am matched with accepting roommates?

Yes, you are able to identify as LGBTQ in your housing application, but there is no guarantee that you will be matched with an accepting roommate. There have been instances of BGLTQ-identified students being matched with non-accepting roommates. Making explicitly known any and all qualities of the people you would like to live with should be detailed in your first-year housing questionnaire, and the Freshman Dean's Office will do its best to match you appropriately. If you are matched with a non-accepting roommate, please raise your concern to your proctor and/or your resident dean

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As a prospective student, do I have to pick male/female on the admissions application?

Yes, since Harvard is a member of the Common Application, it is mandated by federal guidelines to collect data on the legal sex of all applicants (as it is dictated on one's birth certificate). If you wish to provide more details regarding your sex or gender identity, applicants are welcome to do so in the additional information section of their application. 

What is a BGLTQ specialty tutor/proctor?

Resident Tutors and Proctors are valued and important members of the staff of Harvard College who play a role in the residential and educational life of undergraduates. Each House and the Yard form a small academic and social community in which Resident Tutors/Proctors and undergraduates live, eat, socialize and study together within the larger context of the College and University. BGLTQ specialty tutors and proctors serve as resources for students wanting counseling, information, social contacts,

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What can I do if I changed my name or gender marker after graduation to ensure future documents have my correct information.

To have your name and or gender marker changed post-graduation in student records, you must submit a name change request form and supporting documentation to the Registrar's office. Original documentation or original notarized copy of documentation (e.g. legal court document, passport, marriage certificate, birth certificate)
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Where can I find out about student health insurance coverage for transgender related medical services?

Health Insurance: Harvard's Blue Cross Blue Shield Plan covers gender-affirming surgeries (upper and lower). Details about the requirements for this coverage can be found at: Harvard Student Transgender Health Policy.
Hormones: Dr. Bruce Churchill at University Health Services (UHS) is familiar with hormone
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Who can I talk to if I feel I have been harassed or discriminated against based on gender identity and/or sexuality? What are my rights?

"Any form of discrimination based on race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, age, national or ethnic origin, political beliefs, veteran status, or disability unrelated to course requirements is contrary to the principles and policies of Harvard University." (Harvard College Student Handbook) 

As a first year, the first person you can turn to is your proctor. If you do not feel comfortable speaking to your proctor, you can contact the BGLTQ proctor for the Yard (search

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How can I apply for gender neutral housing? Is this available to all students who request it?

Rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors may request to form mixed-gender rooming groups.  All occupants must voluntarily agree to the arrangements.  As with all rooming inquiries, requests for mixed-gender rooming groups should be made to the House Administrator, and will be addressed and managed on a case-by-case basis, taking into account all circumstances, including space constraints.

For more information about this policy, contact your House Administrator or the Freshman Dean’s Office.  If you have gender-based needs that require accommodations beyond those offered

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