February 23, 2017
Dear University community:
Last night, the federal government announced changes to guidance from the U.S. Departments of Justice and Education under Title IX regarding transgender students accessing facilities that correspond with their gender identity.
In the wake of this announcement, I want to clarify that our current policies and practices regarding protection from discrimination based on gender and gender identity, including specific policies and practices regarding access to university facilities, remain unchanged. The University developed these policies and practices with broad input from the community and based on many forms of guidance, and these policies and practices support our commitment to a diverse and inclusive learning environment.
If you have any questions regarding our policies and our practices in this area, I encourage you to contact our Office of Diversity and Inclusion.
Pamela W. Connelly
Vice Chancellor for Diversity and Inclusion
Diversity at Pitt
The University of Pittsburgh is committed to fostering diversity and inclusion throughout its five campuses—in classrooms, offices, residence halls, laboratories, and every other place where people work, research, and learn. This website is intended as a resource for information relating to diversity and inclusion at Pitt for the entire campus community.
The Pitt community is rich in diversity, which is an essential component of its excellence. Diversity in a respectful, inclusive environment promotes critical thinking and increases the ability to communicate, work, and interact. These core values of diversity and inclusion also promote equity and social justice, and enhance the educational and employment experience by exposing us, and challenging us to consider, the experiences and perspectives of others.
The Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI) provides leadership, partnership, support and resources for many diversity initiatives here at Pitt. Given the size, complexity, and collegial nature of the University, ODI does not do this alone. Many key partners throughout the University are dedicated to fostering diversity and inclusion. ODI also works to ensure equal opportunity and compliance with related governmental requirements and anti-discrimination laws, and it investigates discrimination, harassment, and accommodation complaints and grievances.