Community Messages

January 22, 2019

I am writing today to reiterate the University’s values in the midst of national developments that impact members of our community.  In February 2017, 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 February 2018, it announced that it would not investigate complaints into bathroom practices filed by transgender individuals.  In 2018, there were reports that the government may seek to define gender in an artificial and discriminatory way.  Most recently, the Supreme Court permitted a ban on military service by trans individuals to move forward.

The Pitt community should know that these actions do not diminish the University’s commitment to the rights of our transgender and non-binary community members. To the contrary, the University of Pittsburgh will be vigilant in maintaining and enforcing its policies, procedures and practices that expressly prohibit discrimination based on gender and gender identity, including our sexual misconduct and non-discrimination policies. The University developed these policies and practices based on its core mission and values, with broad input from the community, and based on many forms of guidance.  Indeed, our commitment to a diverse and inclusive learning environment has never been stronger.  

A compilation of relevant resources, policies and procedures can be found on our LGBTQIA+ resources page.  

If you have any questions regarding our policies and our practices in this area, I encourage you to contact our office by calling 412-648-7860 or email at


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