College Policies

Amherst College embraces and celebrates all forms of diversity, including gender identity and expression. This website was developed to assist trans and gender non-conforming students as they navigate institutional structures on campus. Please note that this is just a collection of existing policies on campus; the QRC does not necessarily endorse all of the policies and practices below.

Transgender flag with trans symbol

Statement of Non-Discrimination

Amherst College does not discriminate in admission, employment, or administration of its programs and activities on the basis of race, national or ethnic origin, color, religion, sex or gender (including pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender expression, and gender identity), age, disability, genetic information, military service, or any other characteristic or class protected under applicable federal, state, or local law. Amherst College complies with all state and federal laws that prohibit discrimination, including Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, Title IX, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Equal Pay Act and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act. Inquiries should be addressed to the Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer, Amherst College, P.O. Box 5000, Amherst, MA 01002-5000.

Housing & Residence Life

All upper-class housing is gender-inclusive unless a student chooses to live on a single-gender floor. First year students are paired with roommates based on assigned sex, but can obtain gender-inclusive housing by emailing Residential Life. For the 2018-2019 term, the forth floor of Moore dormitory is designated as the Sylvia Rivera Floor (Queer and Trans Theme Floor). 

Name/Gender Marker Changes

Students have the option to enter a chosen name and/or their pronouns through the ACData system on their "Personal ID" page. This name can be updated at anytime and appears on all internal documents (class rosters, email, directory, etc.). Students can select for their pronouns to appear on class rosters. Student ID cards can be reissued with an updated name change once for no charge. Subsequent card updates require the typical replacement fee. Your amherst.edu email address can be changed via a request to AskIT (AskIT@amherst.edu) once you have changed your name in AC Data. 

Legal names, which appear on diplomas and transcripts, can be changed without proof of a legal name change, please email jsmartin@amherst.edu to request said change. If an alumnus changes their name after graduating, diplomas and transcripts can be reissued with the correct name listed. 

Gender markers are not listed on internal documents such as class rosters, emails, directory, etc. When asked to select a gender on any university documents, students are encouraged to self-identify their gender marker with the options available. 

Athletics

Amherst College varsity athletics are bound by the regulations set forth by the National College Athletic Association (NCAA). The following recommendations were taken from an article on the NCAA website entitled "Report Offers Guidance for Transgender Student-Athletes" by Gary Brown. The QRC recognizes that the descriptions below are highly binary and that the choice of language may be invalidating to some trans athletes. If you have any further questions about how these rules apply to you, please email the QRC.

Recommendations for transgender athletes undergoing hormone treatment:

  • A male-to-female transgender student-athlete who is taking medically prescribed hormone treatment related to gender transition may participate on a men’s team at any time but must complete one year of hormone treatment related to gender transition before competing on a women’s team.
  • A female-to-male transgender student-athlete who is taking medically prescribed testosterone related to gender transition may not participate on a women’s team after beginning hormone treatment and must request a medical exception from the national governing body before competing on a men’s team because testosterone is a banned substance.
  • A female-to-male transgender student-athlete who is taking medically prescribed testosterone for the purposes of gender transition may compete on a men’s team.
  • In any case where a student-athlete is taking hormone treatment related to gender transition, that treatment must be monitored by a physician, and the NGB must receive regular reports about the athlete’s eligibility according to these guidelines.

Recommendations for transgender athletes not undergoing hormone treatment:

  • Any transgender student-athlete who is not taking hormone treatment related to gender transition may participate in sex-separated sports activities in accordance with his or her assigned birth gender.
  • A female-to-male transgender student-athlete who is not taking testosterone related to gender transition may participate on a men’s or women’s team.
  • A male-to-female transgender student-athlete who is not taking hormone treatments related to gender transition may not compete on a women’s team.