Supporting transgender persons at the university

Question: My student says that they are transgender. How can I make them more comfortable at the university?

 

Answer: People who prefer a different name and pronouns than what their ID details would indicate are a part of the university community.

We encourage you to respect this and address them according to their preferred name – in line with the university’s universal principle of treating everyone with respect.

In individual cases, related to, for example, support in the need to change data in the diploma, information and assistance are provided by Ms Magdalena Miksa from the Office of the Academic Ombudsman (Ombudsman UW).

 There is nothing wrong with addressing someone by accident using the wrong pronoun. Anyone can make a mistake and there is no need to discuss further a simple mistake. However, we encourage you not to mis-gender, i.e. not to intentionally use the gender pronoun from their ID card. This is distressing for transgender people and has a negative impact on their ability to study comfortably.

If we are not sure how to address a transgender person – just ask after class or via e-mail. During the first classes, it can be proposed that all participants introduce themselves by their first name, surname and preferred pronoun.

 

See more:

LGBT persons at the university

publications in Polish: 

Handbook “Trans * -inclusive University. Creating a student-friendly university trans people *. A guide for universities ”
Handbook “Trans * -inclusive University. Creating a student-friendly university trans people *. A guide for administration ”
Handbook “Trans * -inclusive University. Creating a student-friendly university trans people *. A guide for trans students * ”