Student Resources: LGBTQIA

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The League of Extraordinary Genders

The League works towards change at SAIC to make the school a safer and more comfortable place for transgender, gender nonconforming, and queer students. It aims to educate our community: students, faculty, staff, and administration, about the needs of trans* people and work to have those needs met.

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Transgender Resources

Preferred Name

Students—for a variety of identity-based reasons—may choose to provide SAIC with a preferred first name. This can be entered on their admissions application. Students who have applied to SAIC and entered a preferred name on their application will automatically have this name used when they arrive on campus. Students who already attend SAIC can choose to change their preferred first name at any time by entering their preferred name in SAIC Self Service (the same application used to register for classes). Click the Names link under the Personal Information tab to make a change.

Currently preferred name is used in the following areas: student ID, email, class roster, residence hall room assignment, and media center checkouts. In addition, all emails from the Office of Student Affairs will refer to students by their preferred name.

SAIC is working to ensure all databases/interactions are using preferred name. If you become aware of a situation where this change has not occurred, please contact us at

When must legal name be used?

There are times when legal names must be used to meet current federal regulations. Official transcripts from SAIC, financial aid documents, and admissions documents use legal name.

If a student completes the legal-name change process, they should contact the registrar to provide documentation (court order, marriage certificate, divorce decree, etc.) of this change. Alums may submit this documentation to the Registrar's Office to process the legal-name change. In addition, SAIC does not allow students to change their last name without appropriate legal documentation.

Email Address

If a preferred name appears in SAIC Self Service, the email name will reflect that preference. If you want to change the actual email itself, (for instance, from rsmith@saic to jsmith@saic) email us at to create a special request with our database managers to have the email changed.

Staff/Faculty Training

All staff in the Office of Student Affairs and many members of the President's Cabinet have completed training by the TransLife Center at Chicago House to help them better support trans* students at SAIC. Resident Advisors and Orientation Leaders will also receive this training.

Gender-Neutral Restrooms

Gender-neutral restrooms are safe for transgender, gender non-conforming, genderqueer people, as well as people of all gender identities and expressions. Below is a list of gender-neutral restrooms at SAIC. There is at least one in each property.

Location Room # Single Stall ADA Accessible
SAIC Ballroom

112 S. Michigan Ave.
  115 X X
  320 X  
  321 X  
  430 X X
  1309 X X
  1622 X  
  1623 X  
116 S. Michigan Ave. 208 X X
  612 X X
  1118 X  
  1501 X X
  1601 X X
  1702 X  
162 North State Street Residencies

162 N. State St.
404 B  X  X
Columbus Drive Building

280 S. Columbus Dr.
227  X  X




Sullivan Center 36 S. Wabash Ave. 1254 X  
  776 X  
Sharp Building

37 S. Wabash Ave.
250 X X
  341 X X
  607 X X
  608 X X
The Chicago Building 7 W. Madison Ave. 309 X  
  1502C X  

Gender-Neutral Housing

SAIC now offers gender-neutral housing as a pilot program for continuing students. SAIC will explore expanding the offering to new students as it evaluates the success of this pilot program. Currently SAIC does not have residence halls that divide students into gender by building or by floor.

Health Insurance

The 2016–17 Student Health Insurance Plan made available to SAIC students includes Transgender Benefits. These benefits include medical, psychological, and other counseling; surgery; and hormones and hormone therapy and will be covered subject to the plan’s standard policy terms, exclusions and limitations, and medical necessity criteria.

To receive assistance with a question or problem, please contact Christie Student Health at or by phone at 844.744.9231, Monday through Friday, between 8:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Central Time, or email

Whom should I contact if I have questions?

If you have thoughts about how SAIC can better support transgender, genderqueer or gender nonconforming students, please contact us at